Terry pulls out of charity match amid Spartak Moscow links

John Terry has withdrawn from playing in a charity match amid reports he is set to join Spartak Moscow.

Former Chelsea and Aston Villa defender Terry was due to play in ‘A Match for Cancer’ at Parkhead on Saturday to support Stilyan Petrov and James Milner’s foundations.

But amid reports he is undergoing a medical with Spartak ahead of completing a move to Russia, Terry apologised for having to withdraw from the match in Glasgow.

The 37-year-old wrote on Instagram: “I’m sorry I can’t be there today to support James Milner and Stiliyan Petrov today at Celtic Park.”

Terry was linked with a return to Aston Villa and, rather more ludicrously, a deal with Manchester United.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Terry hinted that he was open to the prospect of going back to work with Steve Bruce but he had “three or four offers on the table – domestically or abroad”.

“I loved my time at Aston Villa,” he said. “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.

“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.”