In a major boost to Aston Villa John Terry has decided not to pursue his move to Spartak Moscow.
The former Chelsea captain was on the verge of joining the Russian side and even underwent a medical in Rome. A contract in the tune of €1.9m between the two parties had been agreed and further talks were supposed to be held in London to give the deal a final shape.
But the 37 year old had his reservations when it comes to moving to Russia and now has backed out from the deal at the last moment. Terry confirmed the development on his Instagram account : “After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season.
“They are an ambitious club and I have been very impressed with their professionalism.
“But after assessing this move with my family, we’ve decided this is not the right move for ourselves at this time.
“Good Luck Spartak.”
Spartak’s loss could be Aston Villa’s gain. The Championship side have had their defensive vulnerabilities this season as they have digested 11 goals so far in the second tier.
Steve Bruce has tried a number of defenders so far but with Terry available now, the Villa gaffer might launch a bid to bring the player to Villa Park.