Former Chelsea star and newly signed Aston Villa defender John Terry has admitted he was agonising over his future to such an extent that he ‘wasn’t sleeping,’ but the 36-year-old revealed advice from those close to him helped cleared his head.
Despite his glittering 19-year career at Stamford Bridge coming to an end last season, Terry was not prepared to hang his boots up just yet and as a result the former England international was inundated with offers but ultimately decided to sign with Aston Villa on a one-year deal.
The 36-year-old revealed to the Birmingham Mail that the final decision to move to Villa Park was not straightforward as he said: “I pretty much wasn’t sleeping. I was up early and going for runs pretty early in the morning and late at night.
“I just couldn’t find a solution. Then I spoke to a couple of people and they said: ‘Just don’t think about it for three to four days and it will come to you.’
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“And it did – so great advice from friends, ex-players, managers and family around me at the time. Sometimes you can sit there and over-think things and I was certainly doing that.
“I wanted it to be that once I decided then I was 100% in. I’m not 50-50 or 70% of John Terry – Aston Villa will get 100% of John Terry this year.
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“Hopefully that’s a lot more good performances than bad but it’s going to be a rocky road because I know what the Championship is like.
“There’s going to be some defeats along the way. It’s how we, as a group, respond to those and can we pick ourselves up and go again.”
Terry will now join up with Villa manager Steve Bruce ahead of next season, whose hard work was vital in getting the deal over the line ahead of Villa’s fierce rivals Birmingham City.