Philippe Senderos leaves Aston Villa by mutual consent

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The Swiss defender had not featured for the club since making a two-minute cameo in a 0-0 draw at West Ham United in November 2014.

In a move which comes as little surprise, Aston Villa have announced the departure of defender Philippe Senderos.

The 30-year-old centre-back’s contract was terminated by mutual consent on Wednesday evening after making just nine total appearances during his 19-month spell at Villa Park.

Earlier this month, the Switzerland international revealed that the was looking to leave the club ahead of his deal expiring in the summer after failing to feature for the first-team since November 2014, telling Sky Sports: “Maybe the Swiss Super League is the ideal solution for me. I'll try anything as I want to play matches again.

"I know I still have several good years ahead of me. I've not been able to do what I enjoy the most, I miss the pleasure of battles on the pitch, and it is frustrating."

Senderos originally joined Villa on a two-year deal in June 2014 after being released by Valencia and started the 2014-15 season as Ron Vlaar’s first-choice centre-back partner.

Despite the initial criticism of his signing, the former Arsenal man made a solid start to his claret and blue career, as he proved instrumental in helping then-manager Paul Lambert’s side secure 10 points from their first four top-flight games, conceding just one goal in the process.

However, he subsequently suffered a long-term calf injury while on international duty in November 2014 and failed to make another senior appearance over the rest of the campaign, before being left out of the club’s 25-man Premier League squad at the start of this term.

The appointment of Remi Garde as Tim Sherwood’s successor in November offered some hope that he might be given the chance to revive his Villa career in the New Year, but the new boss instead deemed him surplus to requirements.

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