Aston Villa have announced John Terry will leave the club.
Terry, 37, signed a one-year deal at Villa Park last summer but couldn’t help the club to promotion as they lost to Fulham in Saturday’s play-off final.
A club statement read: “We would like to place on record our most sincere thanks for the effort and professionalism he showed with us last season.
“John is a true leader and was everything and more that we hoped.
Hugely popular and influential in the dressing room, he played a real captain’s role in creating the incredible bond the players shared with our supporters, and vice-versa.
“We hope he looks back on his time with Villa fondly and we wish him the very best as his career moves forward.”
The former England and Chelsea skipper admitted earlier this month that he is considering going into management.
“I think I have played under some very good managers who have passed on some very good things,” he said.
“Management is a big thing I want to go into, I would like to give it a go.
It would be a shame if our generation of players like myself, Lamps and Stevie are not giving back after the careers we have had.
“I will be prepared whether I decide to carry on playing ,or if I decide to stop. I will be ready to go depending what options I choose.”
On leaving Aston Villa, Terry added: “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.
“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.”