Antonio Conte and Diego Costa send messages to retiring John Terry

General views of Villa park during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park

Now the Birmingham club reportedly now want him to join their coaching staff as part of a new-look set-up, with Thierry Henry in the running to take over as manager at Villa Park after Steve Bruce was sacked earlier this week.

Bruce had led the Championship side to the promotion play-offs in the 2017-18 season, eventually losing to Fulham in the final, but a rapid dip in form in the new term forced the Birmingham club into action.

Wayne Rooney has claimed that John Terry is the toughest opponent he's ever had to face, with a number of the game's most well-known figures paying tribute to the Chelsea legend following his retirement.

"As a 14-year-old, I made the biggest and best decision: to sign for Chelsea".

Henry, Belgium's assistant coach, has worked with Roberto Martinez during the World Cup and made it clear he wanted the top role in talks with the Aston Villa owners NassefSawiris and Wes Edens.

"Both men are winners and I hope the Premier League's best striker and defender prove a successful combination in the dugout".

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The central defender was linked with a move to Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow, but the 37-year-old has now chose to hang up his boots after a 23-year career.

He made 717 appearances for Chelsea, who paid tribute to their former skipper on Twitter, calling his "one of the finest careers of any Englishman in the history of the game". The pair won two Premier League titles together, as well as the League Cup.

"My wife Toni and my two children, Georgie and Summer, for being my rocks throughout my career - I couldn't have done it without you, I love you with all my heart".

He was recently on the verge of a move to Spartak Moscow and had a medical before changing his mind after saying it was not right for his family.

Terry held on to the Chelsea captaincy despite being banned for four matches and fined in 2012 for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

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