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Terry joins Villa

It has been announced today John Terry has joined Aston Villa after becoming a free agent on 1 July following his wonderful Chelsea career.

By moving to the Championship side, Terry will play under Steve Bruce who was appointed manager at Villa Park during last season.

Terry, who played in the Championship (known as Division One at the time) earlier on in his career when on loan from Chelsea to Nottingham Forest, departs Stamford Bridge as the most successful player in our history having won 15 major honours.

After coming through our youth system, Terry was handed his Chelsea debut in 1998 and went on to make 717 appearances. Only Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti played more times for the Blues.

During his time at Chelsea, Terry won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League, a truly magnificent achievement. His last appearance for the Blues came on the final day of the league season, at home to Sunderland, when he said an emotional farewell to supporters after lifting the Premier League trophy for the fifth time.

John is a true Chelsea legend, one of our all-time greatest players and he will always be welcome back at Stamford Bridge. We wish him the very best of luck for this new chapter in his magnificent career.

- Click to read our full tribute to JT's Chelsea career, published in April when he announced he would be leaving the club, and to read part one and part two of his farewell interview.