Egyptian right wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady announced on Friday his departure from English Premier League side Aston Villa after his contract had ended, saying that he could return to the club in a coaching capacity one day.
The 33-year-old, who is the longest serving Egyptian player in the English Premier League with 197 appearances, is now a free agent.
"I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone involved with Aston Villa Football Club, it was an honour to have played here," Elmohamady wrote on his official Twitter account on Friday.
"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."
Elmohamady started his overseas career with Premier League side Sunderland, having joined from Egyptian team Enppi on loan in the summer of 2010 before making the deal permanent in 2011.
He moved to Hull City in August 2012 on loan for two seasons before joining them permanently in July 2013. Aston Villa signed him in July 2017.
The former Ghazl El-Mahalla and Enppi right-back played 17 games in all competitions with Aston Villa this season, including 14 games in the Premier League as he helped them finish 11th in the table.
"I have been given the opportunity to maybe comeb back here in a coaching capacity one day, but that's for another day!" Elmohamady added.
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