Aston Villa have officially announced the signing of Chelsea legend John Terry this afternoon.

The club announced Terry’s signing in creative style, using the format of a WhatsApp group to unveil him.

Terry, who signed a one-year contract with Villa, revealed after the announcement that he admired the club for many years.

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He revealed that he chose to play in the Championship because he didn’t want to play against Chelsea.

“The mental side of playing against Chelsea was too much to get over for me. I was there for 22 years at the football club. I am very proud of that but this is a new chapter in my life and career,” said Terry.

“It’s a club I have admired from afar for many years,” Terry said in an interview with the BBC.

“There are fantastic facilities at Bodymoor Heath, Villa Park is one of the finest stadiums in the country and there’s a good group of players here, with an experienced and successful manager in Steve Bruce.

“I can’t wait to get started now and look to help the squad achieve something special this season.”

Terry enjoyed a stellar career with the Blues, winning four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups as well as the Champions League and Europa League.

After making his debut in 1998, the 36-year-old went on to record 713 appearances for Chelsea and skippered the London side on 578 occasions.

PFA Player of the Year award winner in 2005, Terry also won 78 caps for England and represented his country at the World Cup and at the European Championships.