Aston Villa have confirmed that Bjorn Engels has now completed his move to Royal Antwerp.
Engels was pictured in his new club colours on Monday as the players reported back for pre-season training.
And he posted a heartfelt message on Instagram on Tuesday addressing his Villa departure.
Alongside photographs of him in action for Villa, he posted the words: “Dreams came true.. Thank you for everything Aston Villa!”
Villa have now officially announced that the deal is done in a statement on their official website.
“Aston Villa can confirm that Bjorn Engels has completed a move to Royal Antwerp,” they said.
“The transfer was subject to a medical, which has now taken place successfully, after the clubs reached an agreement last week.”
The statement ended: “Aston Villa would like to thank Bjorn for his time at the club and wish him all the very best for the future.”
Engels joined Villa from French club Reims in the summer of 2019 and went on to make 19 senior appearances in all competitions.
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The Belgian impressed in his maiden pre-season at Bodymoor Heath and earned a place in Dean Smith’s starting XI during the first part of the 2019-20 campaign, striking up a partnership with Tyrone Mings in the heart of defence.
But Engels lost his place in the team after football resumed last June following a three-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He did not play a single minute of first team football for Villa after that, his final appearance coming in the 4-0 defeat to Leicester City in March 2020.
Smith has preferred Mings, Ezri Konsa and Hause at centre-back and could strengthen further this summer after sanctioning Engels’ exit.