Chelsea legend Terry set to join Spartak Moscow

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The centre-back had been linked with a return to Aston Villa among other clubs, but has chosen to continue his career in Russia

Former Chelsea captain John Terry is set to join Spartak Moscow following his departure from Aston Villa, Goal understands.

The 37-year-old is currently undergoing a medical ahead of a move to the Russian Premier League side, where it is reported he will sign a two-year deal.

It is understood that Spartak moved for Terry after French centre-back Samuel Gigot was ruled out for the season with a serious injury, with the Chelsea legend available on a free transfer after his contract at Villa expired.

Terry had been linked with a move to Sporting in Portugal across the summer, with presidential candidate Pedro Madeira Rodrigues going so far as to say he had an agreement in place.

A return to Villa was also touted for the former England defender, having recently said that he feels there is "unfinished business" in Birmingham.

"I loved my time at Aston Villa," he told the Daily Mail . "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.

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"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."

Terry is set to line up against his old England team-mate and Premier League rival Steven Gerrard, with Spartak having drawn Rangers in the Europa League.

The Russian Premier League side finished third in the table last season although failed to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League after losing out to Panathinaikos in the third qualifying round.

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