Aston Villa and Chelsea ex-skipper ‘on verge’ of surprise two-year contract

The latest as a former Aston Villa and Chelsea captain closes in on a shock managerial switch to Saudi Arabia, linking up with Steven Gerrard.

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Former Aston Villa and Chelsea captain John Terry is reportedly closing in on a managerial move to Saudi Pro League side Al-Shabab FC.

The England legend is currently working as a consultant in the Chelsea academy but has been told by the Blues they won’t get in his way.

Terry played one season as Villa’s skipper before spending three years as Dean Smith’s assistant at Villa Park and Bodymoor Heath.

The 43-year-old then went to Chelsea as a coach before following Smith to Leicester City earlier in 2023. He then returned to Stamford Bridge when that didn’t work out.

Now yet another career switch is set to be made as The Sun reports Terry was “approached by bosses at Al-Shabab around a month ago” and has been offered a contract.

It’s said to be a two-year deal on the table for Terry, with a further two potentially available depending on how the legendary former defender gets on.

Chiefs in Saudi Arabia believe Terry has the coaching credentials and reputation to attract yet more star names to the division, it’s claimed.

Set to join the exodus of Premier League icons taking the leap of faith, Terry will soon take on former teammate Steven Gerrard, who is the manager of Al-Ettifaq.