Aston Villa have completed the signing of former England international, John Terry. The former Chelsea captain, whose contract expired on June 30 with the Stamford Bridge outfit had been linked with a host of Premier League clubs, but has stated that he dropped down to the Championship because the torture of probably facing Chelsea so soon after his exit would be too much, and has since signed for Steve Bruce’s men, who are one of the favorites for automatic promotion next season.
Club chairman, Tony Xia broke the news on Twitter, with the club announcing the deal with a novel Whatsapp group chat, reportedly consisting of Steve Bruce, Jonathan Kodija and Terry himself.
Terry, holder of 717 Chelsea appearances and most successful player ever, left Chelsea after 22 years, with 18 of those in the first team.
He struggled for game time under Antonio Conte last term, finding it hard to keep up with the demands of the increased rigour of the league and adapting to the 3-4-3 formation which left him bitterly exposed when he played.
Speaking after being unveiled, Terry said as quoted by BBC:
“My thoughts are 100% here and the ambition is to get us back to the Premier League. It’s a huge club. Villa Park is one of the finest stadiums in the country and there’s a good group of players here.
“I can’t wait to get started now and look to help the squad achieve something special this season. It’s a club that deserves to be in the Premier League and I still want to continue playing.” he added.
Terry is a capable central defender known for his commitment, leadership and willingness to give all in 90 minutes. No player has won the league more as a captain than the Englishman’s five and he will be a vital upgrade on the back line of a team that finished 13th last season.