Elmohamady has announced that he is leaving Aston Villa

Elmohamady has announced that he is leaving Aston Villa

Aston Villa defender Ahmed Elmohamady has announced that he is leaving the club.

Elmohamady ‘s contract expires at the end of the month and the Egyptian will depart Villa Park when that runs out.

The 33-year-old has been Dean Smith’s deputy at right-back this season, filling in for Matty Cash if the summer signing from Nottingham Forest had been injured or suspended.

‘Elmo’, as he is affectionately known by Villa supporters, was signed by Steve Bruce in 2017 as the pair reunited for a third time after stints together with Sunderland and Hull City.

Elmohamady was a key player for Smith after his arrival in October 2018 and helped the club back to the Premier League through the Championship play-offs.

Elmohamady has penned an emotional farewell to Villa supporters on social media.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone involved with Villa,” he wrote on Twitter.

“It was an honour to have played here. I’ve had four great years and have enjoyed the highs and lows. I am leaving knowing that I played my part in putting the club back where it belongs. The squad here is awesome and I know it will only get better with the vision and guidance of the owners.

“A big thank you to the manager, coaching staff and all at Bodymoor Heath!

“But a special thank you to you, the supporters. You’ve been massively missed this season through the pandemic but will hopefully be back next season to cheer the lads on.

“I have been given the opportunity to maybe come back here in a coaching capacity but that is for another day.

“Until then, UTV!”

Elmohamady made 129 appearances in claret and blue, scoring four times and registering 17 assists.

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