John Terry could not return to Aston Villa this season due to issues surrounding the player’s salary, according to manager Steve Bruce.
John Terry spent last season at Villa Park as the club fought their way to the Championship final in the search for promotion back into the Premier League, but the Villans eventually suffered a narrow defeat to Fulham at Wembley and were forced to try their luck once again this year.
Terry only had a one year contract at the club and is now a free agent.
The Chelsea legend completed a medical with Spartak Moscow ahead of a surprise move to Russia, but the deal has since fallen through due to family reasons.
With the former England international still looking for a new club, Aston Villa manager Bruce had confirmed that the club are still interested in re-signing Terry this season, but the Championship will not be able to afford the defender’s £60k a week wages from last year.
“If all was right and we could afford John, we would have him back in a heartbeat,” Bruce said ahead of Aston Villa’s trip to Blackburn Rovers, quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “But we’re not in a position to offer him the salary that he was on last season.
“We certainly weren’t able to compete with the offer he had in Russia, either.”