Aston Villa have completed the signing of former Chelsea captain John Terry, with colourful club owner Tony Xia the first to welcome the ex-England skipper with a post on Twitter.
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) July 3, 2017
Villa will become the first club other than Chelsea that Terry has played for in over 16 years since a short loan spell at Nottingham Forest in the spring of 2000.
It is thought that the 36-year-old rejected formal Premier League offers from West Brom and Swansea to complete the move to Villa Park. Local rivals Birmingham City were also said to be in the hunt, as were Turkish heavyweights Galatasaray.
Terry lifted a fifth Premier League title as Chelsea captain in May, with his time at Stamford Bridge drawing to a close after not being offered a new contract. He had only played sparingly in his final season with the club he first joined as a 14-year-old in 1995.
Villa finished 13th in the second tier in 2016/17 and will be hopeful of a better display, possibly even a promotion push, in what will now be Bruce’s first full season in charge after replacing Terry’s ex-Chelsea team-mate and later manager, Roberto Di Matteo, last October.