Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

John Terry announces retirement from playing football

John Terry announces retirement from playing football

John Terry has announced his retirement from playing football in a social media post on Sunday.

The 37-year-old has hung up his boots and is expected to focus on a career in management.

The former England captain captioned a photo of him holding aloft the Premier League trophy as Chelsea captain.

Terry made 78 England appearances and left Chelsea in 2017 after two decades at the London club and 492 appearances and 41 goals.

The centre-back has been without a club since leaving Engish second tier (Championship) side Aston Villa following their playoff defeat to Fulham at the Wembley Stadium last season.

Earlier in the summer, Terry was approached by Russian outfit Spartak Moscow and he also underwent a medical but apparently, turned down the contract at the last minute due to change of heart.

Thierry Henry and John Terry are set to take over at Aston Villa, with the Frenchman as head coach and Terry as his assistant manager.

"I can understand 100 per cent people being interested in Brendan, there is no doubt about that". My brother, Paul, for his help and advice throughout my career - and all my family and friends for their great support.

"As a 14-year-old, I made the biggest and best decision: to sign for Chelsea".

"What I do know is that Aston Villa have good enough players to be pushing for a Premier League return and it would be a hugely exciting time for their fans. Thank you for the memories Georgie".

"It was an honour to walk alongside you at @chelseafc and see close up the sheer will and desire to be the best and also encourage the best from all around you". I hope I have done you all proud wearing the shirt and the armband.

"He was a leader on and off the pitch and I think he will be a leader as a coach, as a manager, whatever he chooses to do and he wants to do well".

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