In an unexpected development, it has been announced that Jota will leave the club immediately.
The creative midfielder, who joined following Villa’s promotion to the Premier League in 2019 from Birmingham City, has been linked with a number of sides during the transfer window.
Jota made just eight appearances for Villa, largely owing to having arrived at the club with a hernia injury.
This injury, which would ultimately require surgery and a prolonged layoff, epitomised the club’s challenges rebuilding the squad following the playoff final win over Derby County.
The Spaniard, who impressed whilst at Brentford (we won’t mention the lapse in judgement joining Blues), will be best remembered for a fine assist for Wesley against Everton:
Indeed, both the electric atmosphere and quality of the goal will live long in the memory, standing as a reminder for many of Villa’s first win back in the top flight. It might also stand as a singular moment of ‘what might’ve been‘ for the 29 year old.
Both Villa and Jota have mutually agreed to terminate his remaining deal, originally due to expire at the end of the 2020/21 season.
The midfielder was certainly on the periphery of Dean Smith’s plans, despite featuring as part of Villa’s 1-0 defeat to Stoke City (Carabao Cup) midweek. Jota leaves as a free agent.
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