Aston Villa release Man United-bound goalkeeper Tom Heaton
Aston Villa release Manchester United-bound goalkeeper Tom Heaton on a free transfer while veteran defenders Ahmed Elmohamady and Neil Taylor are also let go by Dean Smith
- Aston Villa have confirmed Man United-bound Tom Heaton has left the club
- The 35-year-old is expected to move to Old Trafford as third-choice goalkeeper
- Defenders Ahmed Elmohamady and Neil Taylor have also been let go on a free
- Both outfield players have played over 100 times for Villa since joining the club
Aston Villa have announced the departures of Manchester United-bound goalkeeper Tom Heaton along with defenders Ahmed Elmohamady and Neil Taylor on free transfers.
Villa confirmed on their official website that all three players will leave when their contracts expire this summer.
Sportsmail reported earlier this month that Manchester United were in talks with Heaton on a free transfer, with the Red Devils wanting the 35-year-old as experienced back-up to Dean Henderson and David de Gea.
Aston Villa have confirmed Man United-bound goalkeeper Tom Heaton has been released
Defenders Ahmed Elmohamady and Neil Taylor have also been let go on free transfers
United have not offered a new contract to third choice Lee Grant but may find a coaching role for the popular 38-year-old, while Sergio Romero is due to leave this summer as well.
Heaton spent eight years at Old Trafford until 2010 without making a first team appearance for the club, but is now expected to move back after Villa confirmed his release.
The 35-year-old joined Villa following their return to the top flight in August 2019 and started in their first 20 Premier League games before his 2019-20 season was cut short due to a knee ligament injury.
Heaton started his career at Old Trafford but never made a senior appearance for United
‘The popular trio, who are each out of contract at Villa Park this summer, move on with the very best wishes of everyone at the club,’ the Midlands club said.
‘Ahmed, Neil and Tom depart the club having been hugely admired, both in the dressing room and among supporters, and have been fantastic servants on and off the pitch.’
Right-sided player Elmohamady has made 129 appearances for Villa in all competitions since joining from Hull in the summer of 2017, while right-back Taylor featured on 103 occasions after switching from Swansea earlier that year.
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