John Terry announced his departure from Aston Villa
Former England captain Terry, 37, is expected to receive offers from China and the USA after confirming last Saturday’s Championship play-off final defeat by Fulham at Wembley was his farewell appearance.
Villa face swingeing cuts and financial pruning to comply with financial fair play rules after being condemned to a third season in the Championship by Tom Cairney’s winner in the £170 million promotion shoot-out.
Terry’s parting of the ways with Villa after 12 months was inevitable after he left Wembley telling team-mates and staff to “keep in touch.
His £60,000-a-week wages were an obvious move towards austerity, and the sale of leading players – including England Under-21 star Jack Grealish could follow.
Today I part ways with Aston Villa Football Club. I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to play and captain this great and huge club. I have given my everything this year both on and off the pitch and I’m still hurting today that we never managed to get back to the Premier League, where this club 100% belongs. I would like to thank Steve Bruce who was instrumental in me joining Villa, I have learnt so much from him as a manger this season that will stay with me forever.Also, I’d like to thank all the staff and players and our owner Dr Tony, who it was a real pleasure and honour to work with everyday. 💜⚽️ Finally, a special thank you to the Villa supporters who have supported us both home and away in their thousands, up and down the country and have been amazing to me on a personal level. Villa will always have a place in my heart and I will look back on my time here and think about how close we were to reaching our goal. But now going forward, I would like to wish the management, staff, players and supporters good luck for the future. @avfcofficial 💜
On his Instagram page, Terry said: “I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to captain this great and huge club.
“I have given everything this year on and off the pitch and I am still hurting today that we never managed to get back to the Premier League, where this club 100 per cent belongs.
“I would like to thank Steve Bruce, who was instrumental in me joining Villa – I have learnt so much from him as a manager this season that will stay with me forever. Also, I’d like to thank the staff and players who it was a real honour to work with every day.
“And finally, a special thank you to the Villa supporters who supported us home and away in their thousands and have been amazing to me on a personal level.
“Villa will always have a place in my heart and I will always look back on my time here and think about how close we wer to reaching our goal.”
Respected financial analysts Swiss Ramble estimate Villa missed out on a £143m jackpot by failing to regain Premier League status, and they will need to find £45m of savings this summer.