The former Chelsea captain has spoken to Swansea, Bournemouth and West Brom since quitting Stamford Bridge at the end of last season.

The ex-England captain will also bank ANOTHER £2m if he can help lead Villa back up to the Premier League.

And he was also handed a lucrative chance to end his career in the Chinese Super League with Tianjin Quanjian on £10million-year.

But Sunsport understands it is the challenge of trying to help Villa back to the Premier League that is exciting the 36-year-old.