Steve Nicol comments on Aston Villa's move for John Terry

Chelsea's John Terry in action

Aston Villa are seemingly on the brink of signing the veteran defender.

Steve Nicol has told ESPN that Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is "definitely" a key factor in John Terry's decision to reportedly join the Championship club.

The five-time Premier League winner looks set to sign a one-year contract with Aston Villa, after a 22-year stint with Chelsea came to an end this summer.

The 36-year-old, according to ESPN, will finalise his Bosman switch to the West Midlands club over the weekend as a gruelling 46-match season awaits him in England's second tier.

And former Liverpool man Nicol believes that the presence of Bruce - who swapped Manchester United for a Championship spell during his playing days - is a big factor in his decision to join the Villans.

He told ESPN: "I think the key to him going to Villa is definitely because Steve Bruce is there. He knows Steve Bruce will look after him.

Chelsea's John Terry in action

"He has been through it himself, so he'll know that he [Terry] can only maybe train two days a week in one week, and maybe three the next week.

"That's, in my opinion, why Terry goes to Aston Villa, because Steve Bruce."

He would cost Aston Villa quite a bit in regards to salary, but the veteran centre-back can clearly be a huge asset in the Villans' quest for Premier League promotion.

The former England captain won England's top flight on five occasions during a glittering stint in West London, and also won the Champions League in 2012.

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