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Aston Villa confirms signing of former Chelsea Captain Leader Legend

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Legendary Blues defender pens a 1 year contract as he decides to see out his career at the Championship.

Former England skipper joins Aston Villa on a permanent transfer contracted for one year after he officially became a free agent on July 01. He will play under Steve Bruce who was appointed manager at the Villa Park during last season and help the team for securing a place in the Premier League next term.

There were no shortage of suitors all around Europe and even the clubs from MLS were interested in signing John Terry once he decided to call off his Chelsea career due to lack of game time under the Italian gaffer.

The 36 year old veteran had 717 caps and won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, a Champions League, a Europa League and three League Cups during his tenure at Chelsea FC.

Various reports suggested that few Premier League clubs with the likes of West Brom, Swansea and Bournemouth were keen to land the experienced defender so that he could continue his career in the top flight but he decided to see out his career in a lower division club. But why did he do so even though having the potential of competing in the top tier ? Swansea manager Paul Clement has the answer.

“My understanding of the situation is that, with John and his relationship with Chelsea, he was going to find it difficult to be a direct competitor of them in the Premier League,” Clement told talkSPORT.
“John is someone I know very well and have a lot respect for and have a good relationship with. Having known him since he was 16 years old and worked with him as well in the later years when I was an assistant at Chelsea, I understand very well his situation.
“He has made a sensible choice. Aston Villa are a very good club, they have got a good manager, they have got a nice infrastructure there.
“I think he is getting that balance between wanting to continue to play at a good level but at the same time not wanting to pull at his heartstrings really because it was difficult for him leaving Chelsea.”

John Terry departs from the club becoming the most successful player in the history of Chelsea FC winning 15 major silverwares after signing for the London based outfit in 1998. He is the third most capped player for the club after Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti.