Former Chelsea defender, John Terry has turned down a move to Spartak Moscow despite undergoing a medical.
The 37-year-old, a free agent, had undergone his medicals in Rome late last week and was all set to sign a 2-year deal (1 year + an option to extend it for another year). However, today he decided not to sign for the Russian club.
The former England defender played for Aston Villa last season and came very close in helping them secure a promotion to the Premier League but lost the playoffs against Fulham.
He has since been without a club and there were rumors of him signing back for them for another year. However, he flew to Italy and completed his medicals ahead of a proposed move to Moscow.
Terry took to Instagram to explain why he had a change of heart citing family reasons:
“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.”
Terry has made sure he is fit and fine over the summer
Terry had received a couple of offers over the summer, both on and off the pitch, and it is fair to say that he will now move to plan B.
Ever since he left Villa at the end of last season, Terry has made sure that he is fit and at the top of his game by practicing. He had even visited Cobham earlier this week along with Michael Essien
In case you are wondering, yes Terry can still sign for any club as he is a free agent. The summer transfer window being shut wouldn’t be a problem.
Steve Bruce is still looking for an experienced centre-back and it is no secret that he wanted the former Chelsea defender to stay for another season.
It will be interesting to see where Terry ends up now. Will it be on the pitch or off the pitch? Only time will tell.