John Terry has revealed that he had little choice but to snub a move to Swansea City, despite the best efforts of the club’s manager Paul Clement.
John Terry was offered a one-year contract by Championship side Aston Villa after bringing an end to his 19-year spell with Chelsea at the end of last season.
Swansea were interested in the experienced centre-back at the time, with Clement using his Chelsea connections in a bid to tempt him to join the Welsh club, but Terry felt that plying his trade in the second tier was the best option.
“I knew Paul, but I didn’t want to play in the Premier League against Chelsea – that was a big thing for me,” he told Sky Sports News.
“I gave him that service though because I felt I owed that to him after what he did for me and how he helped me growing up. He pushed me really close with the way he dealt with me and the process was excellent, I must say, but in the end, I couldn’t do it.”