By Amir Mir
Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has been told he is unlikely to play for the club again, according to report.
The Birmingham Mail claim manager Roberto Di Matteo spoke with the club’s longest-serving player before the start of the season and informed him he is not part of his plans.
It is said Agbonlahor could leave the club on free transfer, despite having one-year remaining on his Villa contract.
The Villa academy graduate gave up the club captaincy last year following a series of disciplinary issues and was placed on a strict fitness regime for being unfit and overweight.
This led to huge criticism from supporters of the 29-year-old, who who was once a fan favourite.
Prior to Villa’s defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday afternoon, Agbonlahor sent out a message on his personal Instagram account which suggests his time at Villa Park has now come to an end.
“Good luck to all the players tomorrow and for the rest of the season!!” Agbonlahor wrote on his personal Instagram account.
“Thank You for all your support but sometimes good things come to an end.”
Here is the message from Agbonlahor on his personal Instagram account.
This means Agbonlahor could follow in the footsteps of Brad Guzan who left the club on a free transfer to Middlesbrough, despite having a year remaining on his contract.
Di Matteo also revealed in his Friday press conference that the much-criticised Joleon Lescott, who also has a year remaining on his contract can leave the club on a free transfer with Championship rivals Leeds showing interest.
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This is signs that Villa are doing everything in their power to cut ties with the club’s high earners and underperformers of last season.
Agbonlahor has made 333 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring 84 goals since making his debut in 2004, but the 2015-16 season saw Agbonlahor score one goal and make 18 appearances for the Midlands side as they were relegated into the Championship.
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