Ray Wilkins reacts to Philippe Senderos leaving Aston Villa

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Philippe Senderos has left Aston Villa by mutual consent.

Speaking to talkSPORT, former Aston Villa coach Ray Wilkins has reacted to the news that the Midlands club have cancelled Philippe Senderos’ contract by mutual consent.

Wilkins said: “If senior players aren’t playing at a club, and Philippe is a senior player, sometimes it’s better off if they’re not there. The dressing room is a place that has got to be very lively, with no disgruntled faces about - especially in the situation they find themselves in. So that’s a good move from Aston Villa.”

Senderos leaves Villa Park after a year and a half with the club, with no indication that he has a move lined up to sign for a new team.

The 30-year-old centre-back was a strange signing when Villa brought him in during the summer of 2014.

Despite a wealth of top flight experience throughout Europe, including a number of years with Arsenal, the Swiss international has never been held in that high regard.

He managed just nine games for Villa, and has not played once this season, under either Tim Sherwood or Remi Garde.

His playing situation was not going to change any time soon, and releasing him makes a lot of sense for all parties involved.

Wilkins, who worked with Senderos whilst Villa assistant manger, believes the club made the correct choice to release the centre-back.

He has claimed that having a disgruntled player in the dressing room is not good for club morale, and Garde is streamlining his squad with players only there who are guaranteed to be playing sometime soon.

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