Terry joins Aston Villa
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Former Chelsea and England's football captain John Terry signed a one-year contract with Aston Villa on a free transfer, the club announced on Monday. In April, the 36-year-old defender announced his desire to leave his boyhood club, Chelsea, after his contract ended with the London-based club.
John Terry joined the Blues 22 years ago, and made his professional debut against Aston Villa in 1998. Since then, Terry has won fifteen trophies making 717 appearances for Chelsea. The only players who made more appearances for Chelsea were Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti. He has won the Premier League and FA Cup five times, EFL (English Football League) Cup thrice, and one each of UEFA Champions League and Europa League. Terry led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his final season.
Terry said he did not want to play against Chelsea, and hence joined Aston Villa, who are in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football. He said, "The mental side of playing against Chelsea was too much to get over for me. I was there for 22 years at the football club. I am very proud of that but this is a new chapter in my life and career."
After signing the contract, Terry said, "My thoughts are 100% here and the ambition is to get us back to the Premier League. It's a huge club." Terry has been assigned jersey number 26, the number he wore on his back in his entire professional career. His contract with Chelsea expired on Friday.
- "Terry joins Villa" — Chelsea FC, July 3, 2017
- "#WelcomeJT: John Terry squad number confirmed" — Aston Villa, July 3, 2017
- "John Terry: Aston Villa sign ex-Chelsea & England captain" — BBC Sports, July 3, 2017