Former England captain John Terry was on the verge of signing for Russian side Spartak Moscow earlier this week. The 37-year-old had flown to Rome to attend a medical and finalise terms on his £3m-a-year deal. However, shortly afterwards Terry confirmed via social media that he had decided against the move.
The Chelsea legend said “Spartak 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.” This begs the question, what next?
Terry has been linked with a move back to Aston Villa, where he played throughout the 2017/18 campaign. He made 32 appearances in the Championship, helping the club reach the play-off final. In an interview with the Daily Mail he said “I loved my time at Aston Villa. I am still devastated that we didn’t go up. The manager, players and supporters were incredible with me but I hate losing and I feel there is unfinished business there.” The Villains are rumoured to have offered Terry a deal which has yet to be accepted or declined.
A return to Stamford Bridge is also on the cards. The club where he made over 700 appearances have offered him a coaching role but he looks set to decline this move. In his interview with the Daily Mail he expressed his desire to continue playing, saying “don’t get me wrong, if I don’t play again I am content with what has been an unbelievable career, but I’m still hungry to go and play if everything around it is right. If it’s right for me and my family.”
One of the bookmakers favourites is Derby County who are managed by former teammate and close friend Frank Lampard. The Rams currently sit 4th in the Championship, as they aim to return to the top flight after a ten year absence. However, Lampard has played down the move stating “John is a fantastic leader, a fantastic player and he’s got a lot to offer. But we have options in defence, so there’s no more movement from us. I think John will be great wherever he goes, wherever he chooses or whoever chooses him”
Terry could follow Wayne Rooney overseas. The former Manchester United striker has hit the ground running with MLS side DC United. His standout workmanlike performances have led to him becoming a fans favourite, even earning him the captain’s arm band after just three games.
He has also been linked with moves to Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and Everton.