Aston Villa announced on Friday afternoon that Ahmed Elmohamady, Tom Heaton and Neil Taylor have left the club.
As to be expected, the news regarding the trio has received plenty of interaction from a number of Villa supporters on social media.
All three players were out of contract this summer and will be free to find new clubs over the coming months.
Heaton, who has reportedly agreed to move to Manchester United, returned to the Villa bench last December after a serious injury and provided cover to Emiliano Martinez for the second half of the campaign, but he did not make any first team appearances in that time.
Elmohamady made 129 appearances for the club, with only 17 of those coming in the 2020/21 campaign. Fellow full-back Taylor, who has been at Villa Park since January 2017, turned out just once in recent months, bringing his Villa appearance tally to 103. Those two played regularly in the promotion-winning 2018/19 season as Dean Smith’s side secured their return to the Premier League.
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Villa fans react
The club hailed the trio in an official statement, wishing them the best for the future. Villa also posted the news on Twitter and these fans were rather upset at the confirmation, with one ‘gutted’ and another even going to the extreme of calling for the manager’s head for letting the trio leave.
“Sad to see these lads go. Hope they find clubs that will get the best out of them.”
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