Plenty of Aston Villa fans have reacted to a message from defender Tommy Elphick on social media, after it was reported that he will be leaving the club in the summer.
Elphick has been an important player for Villa over the past few seasons, but is out of contract at Villa Park in the summer and will not be offered a new deal.
The 31-year-old posted this message to Villa fans on his personal Twitter feed, describing it as a privilege to play for the club and expressing his joy at helping the team win promotion in his final season.
Thank you @AVFCOfficial it’s been a privilege to captain and play for you. So happy for the players, staff and fans to be back in the prem and end on a high.
— Tommy Elphick (@TommyElph4) May 31, 2019
Elphick spent the first half of last season on loan at Championship rivals Hull City, but was re-called from his season-long loan early and went on to make 14 appearances for Villa in the second half of the campaign.
Villa won promotion to the Premier League on Monday with a 2-1 win over Derby County in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.
Even though Elphick did not play in any of the play-off games, he still played an important role in helping Dean Smith’s side finish in the top six last season.
His message caused quite a reaction from Villa fans on social media, with many of them responding by thanking him for his contribution to the club over the past few years and wishing him all the best for the future.
Here is a look at the best reactions from Aston Villa fans on Twitter…
A total pro. No luck at all here with injuries and the manager who was here, before this one. You never let it get you down and always gave it everything, on and off the pitch. Whoever gets you next, will get a cracking addition. ????????
— Howard Hodgson (@HodgsonHoward) May 31, 2019
consummate professional, thank you for always giving your all. good luck Tommy ????????✌ #UTV
— Rachel Malloch (@RachelVillavox) May 31, 2019
Thank you for your loyalty and sticking by us through thick and thin. Best of luck in the future ????????
— Lou Jarratt (@LouJ1612) May 31, 2019
Mate, you have been a proper servant to us these last few years and for that, us Villa fans owe you tremendous gratitude. You were treated so poorly under the last regime. I hope we see you back at Villa Park in some capacity real soon! Thanks again UTV
— Cato9 (@Normandeanstew1) May 31, 2019
Thank you Tommy, Wish you the very best and I’m sure it won’t be long until your snapped up by another club. A absolute top professional that has left us in a much better position than when you arrived.
— Matt Burns (@Matt_D_B) May 31, 2019
— Sean Langley (@seanlangley94) May 31, 2019
A very professional man on and off the pitch. I wish you all the best for whatever the future holds for you. Thank you. ????
— @rebeccamcgrath (@rebeccamcgrath) May 31, 2019
Best wishes to you Tommy and good luck in your next chapter , Top Pro ????
— June Mynard (@kelwell16) May 31, 2019
Nothing but love for you and for your effort, professionalism, and leadership during your time at Villa. All the best for the future x
— Jon Startin (@Jon_Startin) May 31, 2019
All the best tommy, a true professional
— Jak ???? (@JakBatty1) May 31, 2019