Bouma thanks Aston Villa fans for emotional farewell

Wilfred Bouma has thanked Aston Villa fans for an emotional farewell.

Wilfred Bouma has thanked Aston Villa fans for an emotional farewell.

Bouma was introduced to the supporters at half-time on the final day of the season against Blackburn and our departing left-back was given a rapturous ovation.

The cult hero insists the love shown by the fans will always be appreciated and mirrors the affection he feels for them too.

He told Villa's website: "It was emotional at half-time during the Blackburn game saying goodbye to the fans - that was hard, trust me.

"I couldn't say a thing. I wanted to talk on the microphone and address the tremendous supporters but I just couldn't do it.

"I think I would have been choked up and it would have been hard not to drop a couple of tears.

"The fans will always hold a special place in my heart. They were one of the guiding lights in me getting fit again - the encouragement they gave me was incredible.

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