“I didn’t want to play against Chelsea, that didn’t feel right at all”

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John Terry has told talkSPORT why he decided to move to Aston Villa when his Chelsea contract expired at the end of last season.

And it was his loyalty to the Blues that played a key role in his decision.

The 36-year-old former England captain was used sparingly by Antonio Conte as Chelsea won the Premier League title in 2016/17, and it came as no surprise when Terry confirmed he would not be extending his deal at Stamford Bridge.

However, he had no desire to retire and fielded offers from numerous teams, including those in the Premier League, Football League and MLS.

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Terry decided upon Villa Park and signed a one-year contract with Steve Bruce’s side in early July, later being named captain for the upcoming campaign.

And the Stamford Bridge legend has made it clear the decision to join Villa was a simple one.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Terry said: “First and foremost, when I ruled out playing in the Premier League – I didn’t want to play against Chelsea, that didn’t feel right at all – I had a couple of games of golf with the manager and we got talking.

“Steve is someone I looked up to as a player from his Man United days, and someone I’ve respected and known throughout the years anyway – we’ve always had a good relationship.

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“He didn’t need to sell it to me at all, because it sells itself – the idea of working with him this season.”

With loyalty to the Blues his reason to move to Villa Park, Terry has revealed he will always keep an eye on the fortunes of the club for whom he made 717 appearances over 19 years.

“My Chelsea career is behind me,” he added. “I’m here and have got a new challenge ahead now.

“So even though I’ll always have one eye on Chelsea – it will always be my club without a shadow of a doubt – I’m here and I’ve got an idea of how I want to see things this year.

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“It’s going to be tough because there are an awful lot of games throughout the season, but we have a big group of players who are more than capable of going up in this division.

“If we apply ourselves right, we have a decent chance.”

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