John Terry announces retirement from playing football

Silvia Morton
October 11, 2018

Smith is understood to be a Villa fan from his childhood and enjoyed success at Walsall between 2011 and 2015 before switching to Griffin Park.

Legendary England defender John Terry has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 37-year old left Championship club Aston Villa at the end of last season, and has been without a club since.

The Villains parted company with Steve Bruce last week after their disappointing start to the Championship campaign, with the Villa faithful never really taking to the former Manchester United defender's defensive style of play - despite steering them to the play-off final past year.

Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry and long-time Jose Mourinho assistant Rui Faria had both been linked with the vacant post since Bruce's departure.

While Terry's success on the field is unquestioned, given how many trophies he lifted for boyhood club Chelsea, he divides opinion among followers of other clubs after controversies during his career. Words will never be enough to show how much everyone at the club means to me, particularly the fans.

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"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.

"My club career and heart will always belong to Chelsea, but I am grateful for my loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 1999, which was invaluable for my development as a player".

Terry, who joined Chelsea aged 14, led the Blues to five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League, Europa League and three League Cups.

"I wish you all the best in this new chapter of your life".

Dean Smith has emerged as the new frontrunner to take charge at Aston Villa, with the Midlands club considering making an official approach to Brentford to thrash out a deal for their manager.

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