Veteran defender John Terry leaves Chelsea after a 22-year spell at the club. Unlike last year, when he chose to extend his contract, he left Chelsea only to join a Championship club.
He won 78 caps for England while playing 717 games for the Blues. He won his fifth Premier League title in May.
Though, he had offers from other Premier League clubs and was also a subject of interest from the west, the defender chose Aston Villa probably because he wanted to stay in England while earning a handsome fee of £60,000-a-week.
“The mental side of playing against Chelsea was too much to kind of get over for me,” Terry said at his unveiling on Monday.
“It was 22 years and I am very proud of that, I wish Chelsea well next season but now my thoughts are 100% here. I am delighted to be here as a player. It is obviously a huge club, I had a few conversations with Steve [Bruce] over the summer. I am very hungry to still play at the top with a club and a manager who still has the same ambition as me.
“I think the club speaks for itself, from being out there in the stadium [in the past]. They have got great support here, I think it is a club that deserves to be in the Premier League. Steve being Steve has persuaded me to come, and I am delighted because I still wanted to keep my playing, my hunger is still there at 36.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 3, 2017
“The ambition for me to continue playing some people will understand and some people will not. I am in good physical condition. I am ready to play and give it everything this year. I am here, I am ready to fight for the Villa shirt and for this football club.”
Steve Bruce also had high praises for the defender saying:
“He is worth every penny because we know what he brings. It is not often that you get a natural leader of men these days. I have watched him from afar for a long, long time and to get him here is a great coup for all of us.”
Wishing John Terry the very best of luck at Aston Villa! 👍 pic.twitter.com/r5RvLe8GfG
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 3, 2017
Terry is expected to fly-off to Portugal so he could join his team’s pre-season tour camp.