John Terry left Aston Villa at the end of last season.

Well this is a bolt from the blue.

Steve Bruce’s hopes of bringing John Terry back to Villa Park looked to be over with the former England skipper seemingly on his way to Spartak Moscow.

According to Sport-Express, Terry had agreed a move to Russia and even passed his medical with last season’s runners-up. But the 37-year-old then performed a sudden U-turn as he has reportedly had second thoughts about moving his young family across Europe.

Aston Villa, then, are suddenly back in the race.

Terry shone during a spell in the Midlands last season, captaining Villa to the play-off final at Wembley. But when the financial crisis hit, they were forced to let Terry go once his contract expired.

Since being taken over by Naseef Sawiris and Wes Edens, however, the pursestrings have been loosened. And the Daily Star claims that Aston Villa would now have little trouble meeting Terry’s £60,000 a week wage demands.

It is understood that Terry could be tempted to extend his playing career in the UK too.

The Chelsea legend was a major influence on and off the pitch last season and his return could galvanise a side battered by Sheffield United before the international break.

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