Chelsea may never be able to replace John Terry - Roberto Di Matteo

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia appears to have launched a dig at arch rivals Birmingham City over their pursuit of former Chelsea captain John Terry.

"Terry has been there 20 years", he said on beIN Sports. Although Chelsea won the Premier League title last season, Terry was used sparingly and he often struggled when he did feature, as demonstrated by the fact that he was successful with just 25% of the tackles that he attempted. Harry Redknapp confirmed that Blues have made an approach for Terry which would see him become the highest-paid player in the club's history.

John Terry is now without a club after his 22-year stint with the Blues came to an end last season.

Terry does have other offers - Aston Villa have also been linked with the ex-England man - but Derby County fans are divided over whether Gary Rowett should make a move for the out-of-contract player.

Villa are believed to have increased their offer to Terry as the two clubs offer and counter-offer to land the centre back, with Villa manager Steve Bruce also viewing the former England global as a key addition.

It remains to be seen whether Birmingham respond to Villa's latest movements, but what is clear is that the £850,000-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) is in-demand and clearly wanted by the duo in a bid to extend his remarkable playing career.

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