When Chelsea confirmed earlier this year that John Terry was set to leave Stamford Bridge, it was impossible to imagine him in any other colour than blue – and now it’s all confirmed it’s even weirder.
Aston Villa announced today that they’ve signed John Terry on a free transfer, awarding the 36-year-old former Chelsea and England captain a one-year deal with the Championship promotion hopefuls – and the image of Terry in claret and blue is wrong on so many levels.
✍️ #WelcomeJT: It’s official – John Terry signs…
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 3, 2017
Aston Villa’s move for Terry now stands as the weirdest transfer in England so far this summer and is right up there with Fabio Borini’s move to AC Milan as the one that will leave fans scratching their heads, despite the on-field boost Terry could provide.
At the age of 36, it’s clear Terry’s best days are long behind him and Aston Villa’s move to sign the veteran defender seems more of a publicity stunt than an actual signing that can help Steve Bruce seal a return to the Premier League.
Terry actually rejected offers from the top flight as he didn’t want to play against Chelsea, which almost guarantees his new side will be matched with the Blues in one of the domestic cup competitions this season.
A mutual respect between the club, boss and Terry is understood to have been a big factor in the move and many may see it as a step-up in the defender’s career, as Aston Villa have won seven league titles compared to Chelsea’s six.