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Chelsea F.C. legend John Terry wants to manage club in the future

John Terry’s managerial career might be a long way from beginning, but Aston Villa’s newest signing foresees his eventual return to Chelsea happen in the managerial hot seat.

football Updated: Jul 04, 2017 18:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
John Terry,Chelsea F.C.,Aston Villa
John Terry is already eying a return to Chelsea, but as a manager. (AFP)

John Terry may have just signed a one year deal at Championship side Aston Villa, but he is already eyeing a return to south-west London as a manager in the future.

The 36 year old spent 22 years at the club, making more than 700 appearances and winning 15 trophies, hence becoming most successful player in club’s history before his departure.

The former England captain is not taking on any coaching roles at Villa Park but is currently doing his coaching badges.

Asked if he would like to become Chelsea manager in the future, the defender wasn’t shy in admitting it was a dream for him.

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“I think that’s a goal for all of us, me and Lamps [Lampard] have had those conversations.

“Do you dream too big? I don’t think you ever can. I’ve always wanted to be the very best and if that’s in management, then Chelsea’s the one and obviously in an ideal world that would be incredible,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

However, he was quick to admit that it was a long way from happening at present. “I do realise as well that you can’t go in at somewhere like Chelsea as your first job. You need to go and learn, whether that’s in the academy like Stevie [Gerrard] is doing.

“It’s difficult to get jobs. I see a lot of players from my generation not walking into jobs that maybe I thought they would get. So I think you need to go out and do your work and put your minutes in on the pitch and make your mistakes that no one sees so that when you do go in, you’re kind of ready.”

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Despite his lofty managerial ambitions, Terry’s immediate task will be to help his new club Aston Villa get back in the Premier League for the 2018-19 season.

First Published: Jul 04, 2017 18:09 IST