Cape Town - John Terry has turned down the opportunity to play for Spartak Moscow in the Russian Premier League.
The 37-year-old former England and Chelsea captain spent last season at Aston Villa, narrowly missing out on Premier League promotion.
A free agent after leaving the Championship club, Terry had hinted at a return to the club before reportedly undergoing a medical with Spartak.
But writing on Instagram, the centre-back said he won't be moving to Russia.
He explained: "Spartak are an ambitious club and I have been very impressed with their professionalism.
"But after assessing this move with my family, we've decided this is not the right move for ourselves at this time."
He added: "I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season."