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John Terry is on the verge of carrying on his playing career by making the move to Spartak Moscow on a short term deal and the former Chelsea captain has Antonio Conte to thank for the move.
Just when John Terry thought he was out they drag him back in! It felt for all the world that Terry deciding not to spend another year at Aston Villa probably meant that was the end of his playing career.
Instead the former Chelsea captain decided not to hang up his boots and instead wait for a while to see how his future played out.
At one point he was linked with a move to Sporting in Portugal as one of the candidates for the presidency of the clubs promised to bring in Claudio Ranieri as manager and follow it up with the signing of Terry.
Then Terry was linked with Manchester United. I say 'linked with' it was just that some moron who is paid to be controversial on the radio reckoned that it was a good idea for Jose Mourinho.
Now though he is on the verge of joining Spartak Moscow on a year deal and according to the Telegraph he's got former manager Antonio Conte to thank.
The Russian side are managed by Massimo Carrera who used to be Conte's assistant at Juventus and the paper report that Carrera consulted his former boss on the 37 year old with the former Chelsea manager giving the defender a glowing reference.
Conte already saved Terry once. The captain, leader, legend was due to leave Stamford Bridge before Conte was appointed manager in west London but the former Italy boss decided to keep him on for one last year.
He only played nine times in the Premier League winning season but Conte was still a fan of his professionalism and influence on the team off the pitch.
Terry is due to earn £1.8 million post-tax for his year with Spartak, more than any other interested club were willing to pay, and he could earn himself a second year of the deal if he impresses.
Spartak will face Steven Gerrard's Rangers in the Europa League meaning a potential face off between the two former England captains.
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