John Terry is set to sign a deal to join Spartak Moscow according to reports in the press, and Aston Villa fans have been reacting to the news on social media.

The former Chelsea and England star played for the Villans last term, and was a crucial part of them making it all the way to the Championship play-off final, which ultimately ended up in disappointment when they lost 1-0 to Fulham.

Steve Bruce has made no secret of the fact that he wanted to keep the central defender at Villa Park, but that was not possible in the aftermath of the Wembley defeat due to Villa falling into financial difficulties.

With the purse strings having to be tightened at the Birmingham based club, the only transfer activity early on in the summer was players leaving to balance the books, and Terry was one of those.

Villa were eventually taken over in preseason but the new owners made it clear that they wanted to invest in younger players who would preserve their future, which meant that Bruce was unable to pursue a move for the veteran defender.

There was a stage in the summer when Terry was said to be considering retiring, but that no longer appears to be the case as he is said to have undergone a medical ahead of joining the Russian giants, in a deal which could earn him as much as £1.8 million.

That news will come as a blow to Bruce who has a shortage of central defensive options at his disposal, as he looks to get Villa back in the Premier League over the course of this campaign.

That outcome is no better for the Villans fans who are desperate to see their club return to the top flight. They have been reacting to Terry’s impending move on social media.

Here are some of their messages:

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