Monday 18 December 2017

Villa step up Terry chase

Terry has been inundated with offers since leaving Chelsea at the end of the season as a free agent. Photo: Getty Images
Terry has been inundated with offers since leaving Chelsea at the end of the season as a free agent. Photo: Getty Images

Luke Edwards

John Terry is giving serious consideration to playing abroad, even though Aston Villa are stepping up their attempts to persuade the former England captain to drop down to the Championship.

Terry has been inundated with offers since leaving Chelsea at the end of the season as a free agent and has been based in Portugal while he considers his next move.

Bournemouth were thought to be leading the chase for his signature, but the 36-year-old has not given them an answer and Villa manager Steve Bruce has also shown a strong desire to sign him.

The biggest barrier for Bruce to overcome is that Terry has received attractive proposals from foreign clubs.

The centre-back is thought to be particularly intrigued by the prospect of playing in America.

Although more lucrative contracts are potentially available in China, there will be less of a culture shock if he moves across the Atlantic and the east coast of America is far closer to London.

Bruce has been pictured playing golf with Terry in Portugal and has known the former England captain for a long time.

The strong personal relationship between them means there is a chance Terry could play in the second tier for the first time since he spent time on loan at Nottingham Forest as a youngster, although Villa would not be able to offer him the same sort of wages he could command abroad. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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