Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce launches desperate attempt to bring back John Terry to struggling Championship side

ONCE A VILLAN, ALWAYS A VILLAN

The former Chelsea and England captain left Villa Park in the summer upon the expiration of his contract

John Terry is being lined up for a sensational return to Aston Villa after boss Steve Bruce launched a desperate appeal to the former England captain.

The 37-year-old left Villa Park in the summer upon the expiration of his contract, shortly after defeat to Fulham in the Championship Play-Off final.

Terry was a standout performer for the Villans last season, captaining the side on many occasions

Terry was a standout performer for the Villans last season, captaining the side on many occasions

In an exclusive by The Sun, it is understood Bruce has pleaded with owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens to sanction a move for Terry.

After making 36 appearances for the club last season, the Champions League winner is already an established firm favourite with fans and players.

He wore the captains armband during the defeat to Fulham at Wembley last May.

Boss Bruce is feeling the heat already, with Sheffield United inflicting a crushing 4-1 defeat at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Steve Bruce vows to stay on as Aston Villa manager after defeat in Championship play-off final

Steve Bruce is feeling the heat after a poor start with Aston Villa

The 57-year-old has also seen his side dumped unceremoniously out of the Carabao Cup by lowly Burton Athletic.

Tommy Elphick was surprisingly allowed to join rivals Hull City on loan, with no other replacements being brought in on deadline day.

The Villans have kept just one clean sheet this season – against League Two strugglers Yeovil Town.

Terry has been linked with moves to a host of top-flight clubs across the globe, with Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon showing serious interest.

However, the sight of Terry in tears on the Wembley turf after the Play-Off final suggest a deeper emotional attachment to the west Midland outfit.

Should Bruce get his way, it is likely he will resume his partnership with James Chester at the heart of the defence – a move which cannot come soon enough for under-fire Steve Bruce.

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