John Terry to leave Aston Villa this summer after owner Tony Xia warns club will ‘face severe FFP challenges next season’
Former England captain John Terry will leave Aston Villa this summer, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.
Terry signed a one-year deal at Villa Park last July and made 35 league appearances, the last coming in Saturday’s play-off final defeat to Fulham.
A club statement read: ‘Aston Villa can confirm the club will part company with John Terry.
Aston Villa confirmed on Wednesday evening that they had parted ways with John Terry
Villa owner Tony Xia claimed that the club ‘will face severe FFP challenges next season’
‘We would like to place on record our most sincere thanks for the effort and professionalism he showed with us last season.’
Villa and Terry have parted company after owner Tony Xia warned the club that they ‘will face severe FFP challenges next season’.
The Chinese businessman added: ‘I am an Aston Villa fan. But I am also a businessman. Under the current circumstances, I think the club needs to rethink not only the past two years but also the past ten years.
Villa needs to be a sustainable football club. People join. People leave. That is the cycle of football.’
Terry joined Steve Bruce’s outfit with the hope of getting a troubled Villa back into the Premier League.
However, this plan failed to come to fruition after they were narrowly defeated 1-0 at Wembley against Fulham following an early Tom Cairney goal.
Terry and his Villa team-mates were defeated 1-0 by Fulham in the Championship play-off final