Terry joined the Blues' youth ranks in 1995 and made over 700 senior appearances for the west London club, winning five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, a UEFA Champions League and a UEFA Europa League.
But Terry turned down the chance to remain in top flight football... after bumping into Villa boss Bruce on a golf course in Portugal.
Bruce has shown an interest in Terry before back when he was on loan at Nottingham Forest in the 1999/2000 season.
"The mental side of playing against Chelsea was too much to get over for me".
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Unibet will be the official shirt sponsor for Aston Villa and Aston Villa Ladies from the start of the 2017-18 season, after becoming Principal Partner for the Birmingham-based club. That is why I'm at Aston Villa. The defender will no doubt be on big wages and will be hopeful of playing a big part in Villa's promotion push back to the Premier League in the upcoming season. Villa Park is one of the finest stadiums in the country and there's a good group of players here.
"The ambition for me to continue playing some people will understand and some people will not".
"The club deserves to be in the Premier League". "But obviously I'm looking to learn from the likes of Steve (Bruce) and (Villa's director of football) Steve Round, who I've played under at England. I'm 36, that hunger's still there to win and fight week-in, week-out".
"Money wasn't the issue, I have to be fair to John", said Bruce. "I have watched him from afar for a long, long time and to get him here is a great coup for all of us", he said. "They were 22 fantastic and unbelievable years that I will never forget but I'm excited about this challenge here of getting us up".
"It's a huge acquisition for all of us here".