Aston Villa have signed former Chelsea and England captain John Terry.
The 36-year-old defender, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expired on 30 June, has signed a one-year deal with the Championship club.
Terry, who won 78 caps for England, played 717 games for Chelsea and won his fifth Premier League title in May.
Villa finished 13th in the Championship last season but Steve Bruce’s side are among the favourites to win automatic promotion to the top flight in 2017-18.
Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp said in June that his club had made an offer to Terry, who announced in April that he would be leaving Chelsea.
Terry has played for only two other English clubs – Chelsea and Nottingham Forest, with whom he had a short loan spell in 2000.
Terry aims to ‘achieve something special’
“It’s a club I have admired from afar for many years,” Terry told Aston Villa’s website.
“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.”
‘Mutual respect’ behind Villa move
Pat Murphy, BBC Radio 5 live
The key to Terry’s decision to join Villa is his high regard for Bruce and Steve Round.
Villa did not offer the best financial deal but there is a massive mutual respect between the player, Villa’s manager and the director of football.
Round forged a close working relationship with Terry when he was assistant to England head coach Steve McClaren and Terry was the highly influential captain. When Fabio Capello succeeded McClaren, Terry lobbied in vain for Round to be kept on England’s coaching staff. Terry always hoped he would work with him again at club level.
The package offered by Villa is a very handsome one. He could clear around £4m next season if all the incentives are achieved, especially promotion, but he would have earned a lot more if he had joined other clubs – including several from the Premier League, China, the United States or Turkey’s Galatasaray.
Terry knows his own worth. He was never going to come cheap. But this move to Villa is more about professional ambition and the value of good contacts. It is a coup for Bruce and Round, who stayed doggedly in the inside track, keeping Villa’s nose ahead.