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Former Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar has heaped praise on captain John Terry and is delighted that the player decided to join the Championship club in the summer.

Terry had been a standout performer for Steve Bruce’s side this season after joining on a free transfer from Premier League champions Chelsea, but is currently out injured with a broken metatarsal.

The 36-year-old had played every minute of Villa’s 16 Championship matches before being substituted in the first half of the 2-1 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last month. He scored his first goal for the club in the 2-1 win over Fulham at Villa Park in October.

Villa fan Celluar, who currently plays in the Israeli Premier League, admitted he was surprised, but delighted that the former England captain moved to the Championship side.

“After Chelsea, he could have gone on to play for any club in the Premier League. I was very surprised that he chose to play in the Championship, even if we are a huge club with great history and attraction,” Cuellar wrote on his new blog on the club’s official website.

“I was so happy when the news was confirmed. He has the obvious qualities on the pitch but will be great around the place with other players, too. It’s a shame about his injury but we’ve got players who’ve covered for him well so far.

“I’ve met him a few times in the past and he’s very friendly – a good guy. He’s a great choice as captain.”

Celluar went on to say that he fancies Villa’s promotion chances this season and that with Terry and James Chester at the centre of their defence, it is “no wonder” the club have one of the best defensive records in the division.

Villa are currently fourth in the Championship table after winning all of their three league matches since Terry was injured against Sheffield Wednesday. They face fellow play-off hopefuls Leeds United at Elland Road on Friday evening, in a big game for both teams.

In other Aston Villa news, boss Bruce has heaped praise on this defender after his impressive performances this season.

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