John Terry has turned down a move to Spartak Moscow, with the former England and Chelsea defender saying he had decided it was not right for his family.
The 37-year-old is understood to have had a medical in Rome ahead of a proposed two-year deal with the Russian club, chronicling it on his Instagram story, but has since had a change of heart. Terry has been without a club since leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season.
“After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season. They are an ambitious club and I have been very impressed with their professionalism,” Terry said on Instagram.
“But after assessing this move with my family, we’ve decided this is not the right move for ourselves at this time. Good Luck Spartak.”
Terry left Villa after they lost the Championship play-off final to Fulham at the end of May and has been on the lookout for a new club, keeping himself fit over the summer.
He has received several offers and has been linked with a return to Villa Park, with Steve Bruce still looking for an experienced central defender.
The former Three Lions captain can still sign for any club despite the transfer window being shut as he is a free agent.