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Former Chelsea captain Terry joins Championship side Aston Villa

Last updated on: July 03, 2017 19:10 IST

John Terry is unveiled as an Aston Villa player on Monday

IMAGE: John Terry is unveiled as an Aston Villa player on Monday. Photograph: Aston Villa FC/Twitter

Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry has joined Championship side Aston Villa, on a one-year deal, the club's owner said on Monday.

"I am delighted to join Aston Villa," Terry told the Villa website.

"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."

"Welcome JT to Birmingham city...Aston Villa!@AVFCOfficial Announcement shortly!," Tony Xia posted on Twitter in a sideways dig at the club's cross-city rivals, Birmingham City, who had also sought to sign the 36-year-old centre-half.

Terry became a free agent at the weekend after 22 years at Stamford Bridge where he played his entire career in the Premier League.

The Birmingham Mail and other papers reported Terry had signed a one-year deal and already flown to Villa's pre-season training camp in the Algarve to meet his new teammates.

He made his final appearance for the champions in May, leaving to a guard of honour 26 minutes into the game to correspond with his shirt number.

But, despite interest from West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Bournemouth, he has been persuaded to drop down to England's second tier by Villa manager Steve Bruce.

Villa are former European Cup holders who were relegated from the Premier League in 2016. Despite spending heavily under Chinese owner Xia, they failed to gain instant promotion and finished a disappointing 13th last season.

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