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John Terry's daughter reportedly scuppered a huge transfer to Spartak Moscow.
The legendary defender rejected a move to Russia at the eleventh hour after his daughter voiced her concerns about polar bears roaming the streets of Moscow.
Terry had undergone a medical with Spartak Moscow in Italy at the start of the 2018/19 season following a campaign in the Championship with Aston Villa.
However, he turned down a transfer to the Russian club at the last minute after a family meeting, where they decided leaving England was "not the right move."
He had been expected to sign a mega two-year contract at the age of 37 until his daughter became upset at school over her father's safety in Russia.
"The director of the school called John," agent Marco Trabucchi reveals.
"[They] said that his daughter was falling to the floor, roaring [that] dad was leaving for Moscow, there were polar bears walking down the street and he would never return."
Speaking about Terry's decision at the time, then-Spartak Moscow manager Massimo Carrera said: "We tried to convince Terry. I talked to him. He explained his decision.
"His priority was to stay with his family. He wanted to move but his family refused, so he stayed. We must respect his choice.
"Unfortunately our key central defender Gigot got injured. We don't think it would be wise to sign a young player or someone not reliable enough. We were too much into this Terry thing. We thought we could convince him. It is all in the past now."
A few months after deciding against a move to Russia, Terry retired from football before going into coaching. He returned to Villa as Dean Smith's No.2.
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