Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly told friends that he would have signed John Terry on a free if he was still Manchester United boss.
Fergie, who tried to buy Terry at the very start of his Blues career, is convinced that the 36-year-old can still play at the very top level for another season.
The centre-back has joined Championship outfit Aston Villa after revealing he did not want the prospect of lining up against the Blues for another Premier League side.
Terry started his Villa career on Wednesday with a rendition of the Ben E. King classic Stand By Me in his intiation ceremony.
Villa boss Steve Bruce is confident that the former England captain can still do a job in his twilight years after persuading him to move to Villa Park over a game of golf in Portugal.
Bruce said in the report in The Sun: “When you’re the most decorated then you’ll certainly cost a fair few quid. He’s worth every penny.
“I’ve watched him from afar for a long time now and to get him here will be a great coup for the club.
“When you look at what he’s done and what he’s achieved. We’d love to be signing him when he was 26 not 36!
“But physically, he’s in fantastic shape for someone of his age. It’s a statement of intent to get someone of his calibre to come and be the big player we all know he is.”