Former Villa man John Terry has announced his retirement from professional football, as he looks set to be named as Aston Villa’s new number 2.

Terry has been linked with a return to Aston Villa to partner Thierry Henry, who is expected to be the new boss of the Villans.

The former Blues defender made over 500 appearances for Chelsea, and captained the club to numerous league and cup honours, along with the UEFA Champions League.

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Whilst at Villa, Terry led Steve Bruce’s side to the Playoff Final. Fulham ended up 1-0 winners at Wembley, meaning that Villa remained in the Championship.

In a statement on his Instagram page, Terry Wrote:

After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time to retire from playing.

‘I have many people to thank. My wife and my two children, Georgie and Summer, for being my rocks throughout my career – I couldn’t have done it without you, I love you with all my heart.

‘I thank my parents, Sue and Ted, for the sacrifices they made for me as a boy, giving me the best opportunity to fulfil my dream and become a professional footballer. My brother, Paul, for his help and advice throughout my career – and all my family and friends for their great support.

Terry also thanked Aston Villa fans and staff for their support during his season at the club.

And I also want to say a huge thank you to Aston Villa for giving me the opportunity to play at such a big club and captain it throughout the 2017-18 season. It was a privilege to represent such a renowned football club with great fans.