John Terry To Be Aston Villa's Highest Paid Player Ever
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John Terry To Be Aston Villa’s Highest Paid Player Ever

The former Chelsea and England captain John Terry is set to join Aston Villa, the Championship club’s owner, Tony Xia, has said.

“Welcome JT to Birmingham city … Aston Villa!” Xia said on Twitter on Monday morning.

The 36-year-old defender left Chelsea at the end of last season following two trophy-laden decades at Stamford Bridge, which culminated in Terry lifting the Premier League title last season.

He had hinted at possibly retiring in the wake of winning the title last season and also had offers to move abroad. Terry formally became a free agent on Saturday but has now decided his immediate future.

Terry, 36, was also a target for Villa’s fierce rivals Birmingham City, but turned down the chance to play under Harry Redknapp at St Andrew’s to don claret and blue.

Bruce held talks with chief executive Keith Wyness at the end of last season and Terry’s name cropped up during discussions over potential new recruits, but there was never huge belief that a deal could be done at that time.

But as the weeks passed by, Bruce became more and more hopeful of sealing the unlikeliest of deals and tabled a firm offer to Terry in mid-June.

Having signed it, Terry will become one of Villa’s highest earning players in history and is set to land a huge bonus if he can lead the club to promotion from the Championship next term.

Terry left Chelsea after 22 years at the club – and having played first team football for 19 of them.

He did so with 78 England caps to his name as well as having won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, a Europa League and having played a part in Chelsea’s victorious Champions League campaign in 2013.

Individually he has also been Chelsea’s Player of the Year on two occasions as well as the PFA Player of the Year in 2005.

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