Aston Villa defender Mitchell Clark has confirmed on Twitter that he will leave the club at the end of the season after 12 years.

The 20-year-old sent a heartful message to the club, his coaches and its supporters on his personal Twitter account that he will leave.

Left-back Clark is currently on-loan at League One side Port Vale and was part of Villa’s pre-season squad last summer when Steve Bruce was in charge.

But despite being a popular player amongst the Villa Park faithful, he will now part ways with the club that he made one senior appearance for in 2017 [transfermarkt].

Here is Clark’s message to all those who have helped and backed him during his career:

It is a surprise to some that Clark is leaving Villa. He is still 20-years-old and seemingly is a defender with a lot of promise in his game.

But it seems as though he is not fancied by the key decision makers at the club because there were a number of supporters calling for him to be given a chance at the start of the season.

During that period, Villa’s only recognised left-back was Neil Taylor and he couldn’t get into the starting XI because of his poor performances.

Going into pre-season, that enhanced Clark’s chances of potentially earning more game time, but an opportunity didn’t materialise and he was sent out on loan. Now, like many academy players across the country, he will be looking for a new footballing home in the summer.

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