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Bouma thanks Aston Villa fans for 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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