John Terry announces retirement from playing football

General views of Villa park during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park

General views of Villa park during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park

Bruce, who has an incredible record of getting teams out of the Championship and into the Premier League, has left Villa in 15th place, having won just three of their opening 11 games. After spending 22 years at Chelsea, the former Blues captain played his final season in the Championship with the Villans and they are now looking to bring him back. The former Chelsea and England captain has made the decision after being unable to find a new club for four months.

Belgium coach Henry was linked with the Villa job in the summer, however, the Championship club chose to stick with Bruce.

The central defender was linked with a move to Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow, but the 37-year-old has now chose to hang up his boots after a 23-year career.

Earlier in the summer, Terry was approached by Russian outfit Spartak Moscow and he also underwent a medical but apparently, turned down the contract at the last minute due to change of heart.

"I was at a function last night and John Terry was there and I had a feeling he was right in the frame for the Villa job", Redknapp added.

"We achieved so many great memories together and I couldn't have succeeded without you".

"So yeah, you can't rule me out because I have never been asked".

"You were one of the best leaders I ever played with". I hope I have done you all proud wearing the shirt and the armband.

But there is a big expectation, wonderful club with a big fan base, facilities and stadium are magnificent, second to none.

"I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the challenges ahead".

He made 717 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 67 times, before joining Villa after leaving Stamford Bridge in 2017, playing 36 games for the club.

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