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Former Chelsea skipper John Terry has joined Aston Villa after becoming a free agent on 1 July, following a 22-year spell at Stamford Bridge filled with success.

Terry will play under Steve Bruce who was appointed manager at Villa Park during last season.

“I am delighted to join Aston Villa,” he told the club’s official website.

“It’s a club I have admired from afar for many years – there are fantastic facilities at Bodymoor Heath, Villa Park is one of the finest stadiums in the country and there’s a good group of players here, with an experienced and successful manager in Steve Bruce.

“I can’t wait to get started now and look to help the squad achieve something special this season.”

Terry signed a one-year deal at Villa Park, with a bonus of around £4 million if they are promoted to the Premier League.

Terry is said to have rejected proposals from Galatasaray, West Brom, Swansea and a number of other clubs from across the globe.

Terry’s contract ended with the Blues last season and the Chelsea legend was given a befitting farewell. He leaves Chelsea as the most successful player in our history having won 15 major honours. He made his Chelsea debut in 1998 and went on to make 717 appearances – the third highest in the club’s history. Only Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti played more times for the Blues.

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