Photo: John Terry all smiles after completing Aston Villa transfer, £60k-a-week deal signed

The Sun runs an exclusive that Championship side Aston Villa have secured the signing of John Terry. The contract tabled, which is reported to be for one-year, is worth £60,000-a-week of which the veteran defender is said to have agreed the terms.

Terry recently left Chelsea after he saw himself fall down the pecking order of centre-backs at Stamford Bridge. The likes of David Luiz and Gary Cahill were preferred ahead of him in the Antonio Conte’s first XI. Also, a change in formation to 3-5-2 meant that the aforementioned duo were preferred ahead of Terry due to their speed.

The formation was a success, as Chelsea finished the EPL season strongly, suggesting they would utilise it once more, and with no contract talks either, Terry’s time at the club came to an end after 22 years of active service to the London club.

Retired but not tired, he has completed a move to Villa, in a bid to avoid clashing with his ‘beloved’ club in the EPL, it is claimed. There is no doubt that the 35-year-old would add steel to the Villa defence, as they look to progress to the English Premier League swiftly.

“I am delighted to join Aston Villa. It’s a club I have admired from afar for many years – there are fantastic facilities at Bodymoor Heath, Villa Park is one of the finest stadiums in the country and there’s a good group of players here, with an experienced and successful manager in Steve Bruce.

“I can’t wait to get started now and look to help the squad achieve something special this season.” John Terry said about joining Steve Bruce’s side.

The Chelsea fans have fond memories of the centre-back, and it is expected that he would one day return to imbibe the Blues spirit into the young ones in their ranks.