Aston Villa confirm interest in Premier League ace, available on a free
By Will Butcher
Keith Wyness has revealed that discussions were held in the Aston Villa boardroom over a possible move for Chelsea captain John Terry.
Terry, 36, has revealed that he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season, but it remains to be seen if he will retire from professional football or join another club in the summer window.
As quoted by the Express & Star, chief executive Wyness revealed that signing the 78-time England international had been considered at Villa but believes a move is unlikely.
“You could put us on a list of clubs who would look at John,” said Wyness.
“But I don’t think we would be the right solution for him personally. It’s something we’ve had a chat about but I don’t think it will come of anything to be honest.”
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The Telegraph claim West Brom are leading the race to sign the former England captain, with Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth also interested in Chelsea’s number 26.
Terry is set to leave Stamford Bridge after plummeting down the pecking order under manager Antonio Conte, with Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Nathan Ake and Kurt Zouma all vying for a place at the back.
The five-time Premier League champion has made just 13 senior appearances this season, with only eight of those coming in England’s top flight.
With his contract set to expire in less than six weeks’ time, Terry is now set to leave in the summer, with one more move a possibility before he retires.
If he does make a move, he’ll be available on a free transfer, and his vast experience will surely be snapped up.
Football Insider verdict:
Villa do need to sign a centre-back this summer after Tommy Elphick and Nathan Baker have failed to provide the consistency needed to partner captain James Chester at the heart of the defence. Bringing Terry to Villa Park would undoubtedly improve Villa’s back line and would boost the Midlands’ giants chances of returning to the Premier League after suffering relegation in 2015-16. However, Steve Bruce’s side must consider the financial permutations of bringing a player that is earning, what the Telegraph claim, is £50,000 a week, after Terry took a pay cut last year.
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