John Terry’s search for a new club looks to be over, with the veteran defender having opened talks with Championship side Aston Villa.
The 36-year-old’s 19-year career with Chelsea came to an official end on Saturday, but he will continue playing for at least one more season, and looks set to be turning out in claret next term after being persuaded to join by Steve Bruce.
JT, as he is affectionately known, had considered retirement despite receiving offers from the likes of Bournemouth, Swansea and West Brom, because he didn’t want to face his beloved former club in the Premier League.
By signing for Villa, Terry would avoid that eventuality, and give him a new challenge turning out in English football’s second tier.
The Villans are understood to be offering Terry £4m to play next season, and will insert the option to extend his contract by a further year depending on how things pan out.
The rest of the Villa players returned to the club for pre-season testing on Saturday, and will head out to Portugal to their training camp to start getting fit for the new season.
The Daily Mail claim that Terry will finalise everything with the club by Monday and his signing should be announced that same day, and he will fly out to meet his new teammates.