Aston Villa confirmed that Frederic Guilbert completed a move to French side Strasbourg on Tuesday night.
The right-back has joined Strasbourg on loan for the rest of the season, his second departure in as many seasons to the same club.
Strasbourg was where Guilbert spent the latter half of 2020-21 having fallen down the pecking order after the summer 2020 arrival of Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest.
Guilbert, who has not played in the Premier League since July last year, has fallen behind Ashley Young after his return from Inter Milan with the former Manchester United man able to fill in at full-back.
Under contract to Villa until 2023, it is highly unlikely that Guilbert will feature in a claret and blue shirt again.
Taking to social media platform Instagram, Guilbert wrote on his return to eastern France: “Happy to come back to Strasbourg, we are going to do great things together.”
And former Villa assistant head coach John Terry, who left Dean Smith’s setup in the summer, has sent a message to Guilbert.
Terry said on Instagram to Guilbert: “Good luck.”
Guilbert’s departure does not come as a surprise despite his goal scoring performance in the Carabao Cup at Barrow AFC last week.
He appeared 29 times in the Premier League in 2019-20, the first season after promotion, but Smith and sporting director Johan Lange moved to bring Cash in last year and he was installed as Villa’s first-choice right-back.
“I’m happy to come back, it is something that was close to my heart. ” Guilbert said.
“I liked the few months I spent in Strasbourg where I was very well received and I hope we will have a good season.
“I will discover a new coach, a few new teammates, a new system.
“And then there will be the audience of the Meinau, the atmosphere of the stadium that I can’t wait to get to know.
“The period was a bit unsettling with the offers I got at the last minute, but Strasbourg was my choice.”
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