Terry de­lighted at join­ing Villa

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LON­DON: For­mer Chelsea and Eng­land cap­tain John Terry has joined Cham­pi­onship side As­ton Villa on a one-year deal, the club con­firmed on its web­site yes­ter­day.

“I am de­lighted to join As­ton Villa,” Terry told the Villa web­site. “It’s a club I have ad­mired from afar for many years. There are fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties at Body­moor Heath, Villa Park is one of the finest sta­di­ums in the coun­try, and there’s a good group of play­ers here, with an ex­pe­ri­enced and suc­cess­ful man­ager in Steve Bruce.

“I can’t wait to get started now and look to help the squad achieve some­thing spe­cial this sea­son.”

Terry be­came a free agent at the week­end af­ter 22 years at Stam­ford Bridge where he played his en­tire ca­reer in the Pre­mier League.But, de­spite in­ter­est from West Bromwich Al­bion, Stoke City and Bournemouth, he has been per­suaded to drop down to Eng­land’s sec­ond tier by Villa man­ager Bruce.

Villa were rel­e­gated from the Pre­mier League in 2016 and failed to gain in­stant pro­mo­tion fin­ish­ing a dis­ap­point­ing 13th last sea­son.

But they are among the favourites to go up next sea­son.

Mean­while, Manch­ester United’s packed pre-sea­son sched­ule with seven matches to be played in a lit­tle over two weeks will boost play­ers’ fit­ness and pre­pare them for the start of the 2017-18 cam­paign, de­fender Phil Jones has said.

United, who fin­ished sixth last sea­son, start their pre­sea­son fix­tures with a five­match tour of the US where they face Los An­ge­les Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manch­ester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The Europa League win­ners will then go to Nor­we­gian side Valerenga in Oslo be­fore a trip to Ire­land where they’ll face play Italy’s Sam­p­do­ria.

“The more matches you play, the more match-fit you are and seven games will give ev­ery­one a chance to get min­utes un­der their belts. You need ev­ery­one at a good level for the start of the sea­son,” Jones said on the club’s of­fi­cial web­site. (www. manutd.com)

Jones says coach Jose Mour­inho will have ev­ery de­tail of the tour planned out.

“We know ex­actly what the man­ager ex­pects from us. He’ll have or­gan­ised this pre­sea­son pe­riod ex­actly how he wants it – when we’ll train, when we’ll rest and when we’ll have com­mer­cial work to do,” Jones said. Af­ter their pre-sea­son run, United take on Cham­pi­ons League win­ners Real Madrid in the UEFA Su­per Cup in Mace­do­nia on Au­gust. 8. – Reuters

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