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Former England captain Terry decides against Spartak move

John Terry has been without a club since leaving Aston Villa. Credit: PA

Former England and Chelsea defender John Terry has turned down a move to Spartak Moscow after deciding it was not right for his family.

The 37-year-old is understood to have had a medical in Rome ahead of a proposed deal with the Russian club, chronicling it on his Instagram story, but has since had a change of heart.

Terry has been without a club since leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season.

Again taking to Instagram, Terry said: "After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow.

"I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season.

"They are an ambitious club and I have been very impressed with their professionalism.

"But after assessing this move with my family, we've decided this is not the right move for ourselves at this time.

"Good Luck Spartak."

Terry left Villa after they lost the Championship play-off final to Fulham at the end of May and has been on the look-out for a new club, keeping himself fit over the summer.

He has received several offers and has been linked with a return to Villa Park, with Steve Bruce still looking for an experienced central defender.

The former Three Lions captain can still sign for any club despite the transfer window being shut as he is a free agent.

Former Chelsea man Terry poised Spartak Moscow move

John Terry is poised to move to Spartak Moscow on a one-year contract, according to reports. Credit: PA

John Terry is poised to move to Spartak Moscow on a one-year contract, according to reports.

The former Chelsea and England captain had been linked with a return to Aston Villa, where he spent last season.

But instead Terry, 37, looks set to move to Russia having reportedly already undergone a medical.

Spartak hinted at an imminent announcement on their Twitter account, saying they were opening the doors for "a very important guest".

The Russian club are managed by Massimo Carrera, who was Terry's former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's assistant at Juventus and with the Italian national team.

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