Former Chelsea captain John Terry has finally lifted the lid on his much-talked move to Russian side Spartak Moscow and declared he has rejected the chance to join the side, apparently for family reasons.
The 37-year-old English defender has been without a club since leaving Aston Villa on a free transfer in July but recently confirmed in an interview that he is not yet ready to retire and assessing multiple options.
Following the assertion, Terry was soon linked with a surprise move to Russia and he even pulled out of a charity match he was scheduled to participate in on Saturday in order to fly to Rome to undergo a medical and finalise the details of the move to Spartak Moscow.
But now it seems the retired English defender has had change of heart and addressing the situation on his Instagram account, the player now has asserted to reject the proposal, citing his family as a significant factor in his final decision not to accept the move.
Terry posted on his Instagram account: “After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow.”
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After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season. They 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. Good Luck Spartak 🔴⚪ @fcsm_official
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season.
“They 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.
“Good Luck Spartak.”
The failed move now have apparently offered Championship side Aston Villa a fresh hope of re-signing the defender who made 36 appearances for the club last season as they reached the Championship play-off final only to lose to Fulham.
Manager Steve Bruce has not yet replaced Terry with any senior defender and reportedly is now ready to influence the defender again with mammoth £60,000-a-week wages following Villa’s takeover by mega-rich investors Assef Sawiris and Wes Edens over the summer.
The former Chelsea captain, however, can still sign for any club despite the transfer window being shut as he is a free agent.