"It's odd, but listen, I'm signing for a new club, I've had 22 great years at Chelsea".
"I won't name names but I'm thankful for the interest in me", he told a news conference.
'We talked about coaching badges and it was all to do with football.' Terry admitted that after fighting consistently for the biggest trophies at Chelsea, dropping into the Championship to try to help Villa gain promotion is a new challenge.
Asked about the prospect of that scenario, a smiling Terry added: "That's the ideal situation".
If they are to fight for their place back in the Premier League then they will be two brilliant signings that could set the foundations for a successful promotion campaign. "Full story?? bit.ly/2t8Ixv3?? #PartOfThePride #AVFC", tweeted Aston Villa with a photograph of the former England skipper in their kit.
"It's exclusively playing", he said.
"If the right offer comes along I will sit down and consider it with my family - whether that's here or overseas".
Terry has led the Blues to five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one Europa League title and one UEFA Champions League title since 2004.
This indicates that the 12-month deal could well be his last in football.
"I wish Chelsea well next season and will be watching out but my thoughts are 100 per cent here and the ambition is to get us back to the Premier League".
He has now elected to drop down a division and move to the midlands to join Steve Bruce's Villans.
"Maybe if I can do five or six people it will give me a better all-round team rather than having one fantastic player".
"Steve being Steve, he persuaded me to come".
Speaking to the Official Site to discuss the signing of the former Chelsea captain, an upbeat Bruce explained. "I have watched him from afar for a long, long time and to get him here is a great coup for all of us", he said.
"It's a huge acquisition for all of us here".