MX23RW : Friday, May 24 20:10:41| >> :600:22295779:22295779:

John Terry rejects retirement talk amid Spartak Moscow speculation

Terry not ready to retire amid Spartak talk
© Reuters
Veteran defender John Terry, linked with Sporting Lisbon and Spartak Moscow, vows to carry on playing as he puts an end to retirement talk.

John Terry has insisted that he is "still hungry to go and play", amid speculation that he is close to completing a shock move to Spartak Moscow.

The Chelsea legend has spent the past four months without a club after departing Aston Villa at the end of last season, having failed in his bid to guide the Villans back to the top flight.

Terry was tipped to hang up his boots on the back of Villa's playoff final heartbreak, but he claims that he is in the best shape since his peak Chelsea days and has vowed to play on if the right offer is made.

According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the ex-England international is undergoing a medical in Rome and could complete a move to Spartak before the end of Saturday.

In an interview published before that report emerged, Terry told the Daily Mail: "When we spoke in the summer, it wasn't long after the season and I was still hurting. I loved my time at Aston Villa. I am still devastated that we didn't go up.

"The manager, players and supporters were incredible with me but I hate losing and I feel there is unfinished business there. Steve Bruce is a great man and with the backing of the new owners, Steve will hopefully get the club back into the Premier League.

"Don't get me wrong, if I don't play again I am content with what has been an unbelievable career, but I'm still hungry to go and play if everything around it is right. If it's right for me and my family. I am in the best condition I have been in for the last eight to 10 years of my career.

"I've had a brilliant summer, the first time in 20 years I have been able to get away like that with my family during the school holidays. I was away so much last year because I was fully committed to giving everything to Aston Villa, but now I am fully recharged."

Sporting Lisbon have also been tipped to move for the free agent, while Villa are also rumoured to retain an interest.


Click here for more stories about John Terry

Click here for more stories about Spartak Moscow

Share this article now:
John Terry during happier times for Aston Villa on May 15, 2018
Read Next:
John Terry picks Lisbon over Villa?
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
/esi/758/0/index.html - esi:0:site:0:-p-: {0}: - :T758:-: {0}: < ! - - T  758 {0} - - >  : 
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City38322495237298
2Liverpool38307189226797
3Chelsea38219863392472
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs382321367392871
5Arsenal382171073512270
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd381991065541166
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38169134746157
8Everton38159145446854
9Leicester CityLeicester38157165148352
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham38157165255-352
11Watford38148165259-750
12Crystal Palace38147175153-249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174248-645
14Bournemouth38136195670-1445
15Burnley38117204568-2340
16Southampton38912174565-2039
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3899203560-2536
RCardiff CityCardiff38104243469-3534
RFulham3875263481-4726
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3837282276-5416

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account