Aston Villa release trio

Villa confirmed on their official website that all three players will leave when their contracts expire this summer.

“The popular trio, who are each out of contract at Villa Park this summer, move on with the very best wishes of everyone at the club,” Villa said.

“Ahmed, Neil and Tom depart the club having been hugely admired, both in the dressing room and among supporters, and have been fantastic servants on and off the pitch.”

Right-sided player Elmohamady has made 129 appearances for Villa in all competitions since joining from Hull in the summer of 2017, while right-back Taylor featured on 103 occasions after switching from Swansea earlier that year.

Heaton joined Villa following their return to the top flight in August 2019 and started in their first 20 Premier League games before his 2019/20 season was cut short due to a knee ligament injury.

The former Burnley goalkeeper did not appear for Villa this season and has been reported to have agreed a deal to return to Manchester United.

Heaton spent eight years at Old Trafford until 2010 without making a first team appearance for the club.

Aston Villa set for Premier League relegation decider at West Ham

This fixture could easily have been a relegation showdown on the final day, but West Ham’s recent revival means the Hammers already safe.

For Villa, a crucial win over Arsenal last time out, alongside Watford’s defeat to Manchester City, means they move out of the relegation zone for the first time since November.

Villa must better Watford’s result at Arsenal – in both points and goals – if Dean Smith’s want to preserve their Premier League position.

Any two of Watford, Bournemouth or Aston Villa face the drop going into Sunday – and a Villa win is vital to offer the best chance of survival.

Smith will be without long term absentees Wesley, Tom Heaton, Bjorn Engels and Ahmed Elmohamady through injury, but Neil Taylor could be fit in time to play, with the Welsh international set for a late fitness test.

West Ham meanwhile have the pressure off this weekend, with David Moyes set to rotate his side, in the likely absence of Robert Snodgrass, Jarrod Bowen and Aaron Creswell against Villa.

West Ham United v Aston Villa at the London Stadium is a 4pm kick off on Sunday, July 26.