Surprising move for Terry as he could join Aston Villa this weekend

Former Chelsea captain John Terry could become an Aston Villa player when his contract expires this weekend, according to The Mirror.

What’s the word?

Many have been waiting to see where Terry moves to after deciding to call an end to his 22-year stay at Chelsea.

The man himself admitted that he considered retiring, but at the end of last season claimed that he intended to continue playing.

MLS clubs, as well as those from the Chinese Super League, have been linked to the 36-year-old defender.

However, The Mirror reports that Villa are in the driving seat and could announce Terry’s arrival as early as this weekend when they unveil their 2017-18 kit.

It is believed that the Midlands outfit have offered Terry £5m and a one-year deal that includes massive bonuses if the club earn promotion back to the Premier League.

Is this the right move for Terry?

In most cases, players in the closing stages of their careers tend to move abroad and look for that final big pay check before hanging up their boots.

Moving down to the Championship provides a big challenge for Terry, particularly as he started just six Premier League games last season.

The fixtures come thick and fast in the second tier, so it is a big ask for Terry to handle the pressure and intensity.

In a way it is admirable that he wants to continue pushing himself in the twilight years of his career, but let’s make no mistake, he will still benefit handsomely from a financial standpoint.

If Terry still craves competition, then Villa is a good destination, particularly if they launch a series promotion bid.