Former England captain John Terry is set to defy age and join Spartak Moscow on a two-year deal according to a Daily Mirror report.
However, he won’t be eligible for their clashes with Glasgow Rangers in this season’s Europa League. According to UEFA, the deadline for registering players passed on September 3rd, denying Terry the chance to face off against former foe Steven Gerrard.
Terry will receive a salary of £1.8m per year, which is being heralded as a “coup” for the Russian club. It’s also an achievement on 37-year-old Terry’s part as well with many questioning whether he had lost his little pace some time ago.
It’s a high risk with Spartak’s fans notorious for their racist chants and banners. With current tensions between Britain and Russia on political grounds, the former Chelsea man could quite easily find himself the lightning rod for any anti-western sentiment.
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce had hoped to keep Terry at Villa Park but the club’s financial turmoil during the early part of the summer left the central defender unemployed with the Villans unable and unwilling to meet his terms.
With new owners, Bruce hoped to persuade Terry to return to Birmingham. That now looks extremely unlikely to happen.