Date: 14th September 2018 at 1:37pm
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A section of Aston Villa fans have taken to social media to express their frustration after defender Ritchie De Laet confirmed his surprise departure to Australia on his personal Twitter account.

The 6ft 1in [Transfermarkt] defender confirmed that he had left Villa in order to join Melbourne City, and has expressed his excitement at the new challenge that awaits him Down Under by remarking “just want to get out on the pitch and start playing.”

Many supporters have taken to Twitter to express that they were fuming that the 29-year-old had left the Championship club, remarking how he was never given a fair chance to prove himself.

These comments included “never given a fair chance at Villa” and “absolute travesty.”

This is Futbol has rounded up some of the best tweets below:

OPINION

It is hard not to agree with the fans when they express the fact that De Laet has been hard done by in regards to this transfer. Having performed well in pre-season, he should have been in line to remain at Villa Park, so this move will come as a surprise to many. They feel that boss Steve Bruce does not give him enough credit, and that he was never given a fair chance to prove himself. The fans are right – he did not make any Championship appearances for Villa this season, and was only reward with two outings in the League Cup. Hopefully he can get some vital game experience under his belt at Melbourne, as he was obviously not going to get that at Villa any time soon. The supporters are right to feel aggrieved by his departure – as he was certainly capable of thriving at the club if he was given the chance.