Chelsea transfer news: Blues legend John Terry joins Aston Villa on one-year deal

John Terry was allowed to leave Chelsea as a free agent by the Blues manager Antonio Conte.

John Terry
John Terry has joined Aston Villa on a one-year deal Reuters

Chelsea legend John Terry has completed a switch to Aston Villa, the Championship club confirmed on 3 July.

The 36-year-old, who came up through the Blues academy broke into the first team in 1998 and spent close to two decades with the west London club. His role under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge limited and was released from the club after the end of the contract on 30 June.

Terry had earlier announced his decision to leave the Premier League winners after the end of the 2016/17 season. The former England international has completed a switch to Villa Park on a one-year deal.

A statement on Villa's official website read, "Aston Villa is delighted to announce the signing of John Terry on a one-year deal. The former England captain arrives at Villa Park having helped Chelsea secure the Premier League title in 2016/17 and left Stamford Bridge at the expiration of his contract."

"Terry enjoyed a stellar career with the Blues, winning four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups as well as the Champions League and Europa League. After making his debut in 1998, the 36-year-old went on to record 713 appearances for Chelsea and skippered the London side on 578 occasions.

"PFA Player of the Year award winner in 2005, Terry also won 78 caps for England and represented his country at the World Cup and at the European Championships."

Terry expressed his delight after joining Steve Bruce's side, who will wear his iconic number 26 jersey for Villa next season.

"I am delighted to join Aston Villa," Terry told the Championship outfit's official website after completing his move.

"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."