Terry opts out of Spartak Moscow £3million a year deal

James Collins of Aston Villa

James Collins of Aston Villa

Former Chelsea star John Terry has passed up on the chance to play for Spartak Moscow, despite receiving a lucrative offer to feature in Russia's top flight.

However, Terry posted a statement on his Instagram page to confirm he had decided against a move to the Russian capital after discussions with his family.

Again taking to Instagram, Terry said: "After considerable thought, I have made a decision to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow".

Terry, 37, last featured for Aston Villa, where he spent last season in a failed bid to gain the Birmingham side promotion to the Premier League.

If the 37-year-old is not offered the right playing contract, he will nearly certainly take Chelsea up on the offer to join their coaching staff.

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They are an ambitious club and I have been very impressed with their professionalism.

Terry underwent a medical with the Russian side ahead of a move which would have seen him earn £3m a year, but he could not agree personal terms and has decided against joining Massimo Carrera's side.

As The Sun report, Terry was in talks with Spartak Moscow over the possibility of signing for them, but he and his family unanimously agreed that it was not the right move for them at the current time.

Terry featured 36 times during his season with Villa, who were beaten in the Championship play-off final by Fulham in May.

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