Former Aston Villa centre-back John Terry has announced his retirement from playing after months of deliberation over his short-term future.

The 37-year-old Barking-born defender left Villa at the end of last season following the expiry of his one-year contract at Villa Park.

Speculation has long been rumbling on regarding Terry’s future. The player has been linked with a return to Aston Villa while it is thought that he has received several offers to continue his playing career oversees, most notably from Portugal and Russia.

Despite the interest from clubs wanting to acquire Terry’s services, the player has now taken to social media to officially confirm his retirement from the game according to Sky Sports sources.

Terry is likely to now go into management or take up a punditry role. With former club Aston Villa currently without a manager, there have been rumours circling in recent days that Terry could team up with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry to form a new management team at Villa Park with Henry becoming manager and Terry being his assistant. Whether that happens remains to be seen.

Since making his first team debut with boyhood club Chelsea in October 1998, Terry went on to make 759 senior club appearances in which he scored 68 goals. A total of 36 of those appearances came for former club Aston Villa last season.

During his senior career, Terry won no less than five league titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. He was also crowned the Chelsea Player of the Year on two occasions.

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