John Terry has left Aston Villa following the end of his one-year deal with the club.
The ex-Chelsea and England defender played his last game for the Championship side at the weekend, in their 1-0 Play-off defeat to Fulham at Wembley.
On leaving the club, the 37-year-old said:
I will look back on my time here and think about how close we were to reaching our goal.
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.
Villa boss, Steve Bruce, who was eager to keep his captain at the club for another season, said:
I am extremely disappointed we’re not in a position to keep John. As you might expect, he was fantastic both on and off the pitch. He will be a massive miss.
Terry racked up 36 appearances for Villa last season but it remains unclear what his next move will be.
Last summer, the defender had a number of offers, from both clubs in England and the likes of Turkey, China and the USA, with a move across the Atlantic still a possibility.
Terry has also expressed a desire to go into management himself, so his next move may be one in a non-playing capacity.
As for Villa, their recent big spending has failed to catapult them back into the top-flight, with chairman Tony Xia already claiming the club need a big ‘rethink’ this summer.