Whelan exits Villa after contract is not renewed

Glenn Whelan exits Villa after playing a big part in their promotion

Glenn Whelan exits Villa after playing a big part in their promotion

Whelan helped Villa earn promotion to the Premier League through the playoffs, but will play no part of their campaign in the top flight next season.

Dubliner Whelan, 35, made 73 appearances, with his last in the first leg of the play-off semi-final in which Villa beat Albion 2-1 at home, with his departure midway through the second half for fellow Irish global Conor Hourihane proving the turning point.

Full-back Hutton, in particular, became a cult figure at Villa, nicknamed "the Scottish Cafu", he made 202 appearances over eight seasons with the club.

Richards would go on to make 31 appearances, though he has not featured for the club in two years - a 1-1 draw in the Championship against Wolves.

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Liverpool fans, some in tears, celebrated the Champions League win with a rendition of the club anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone". Liverpool clinched their first European trophy since 2005 thanks to Mohamed Salah 's early penalty and a late Divock Origi goal.

Jota, who cost the Blues almost £6m when signing from London side Brentford on deadline day 2017, featured in 40 Sky Bet Championship appearances last season, scoring three goals and adding nine assists for Birmingham City in a season marked by a points deduction for falling foul of FFP regulations.

The 31-year-old has been a mainstay in his three seasons at the club and landed the players' player of the year award for his contribution in 2017/18.

Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan has been released following the conclusion of his contract with recently-promoted Aston Villa.

Goalkeeper Bunn played just once, Elphick made 11 appearances after spending the first half the season on loan at Hull and De Laet was loaned to A-League side Melbourne City.

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