Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, has signed a one year deal with Championship club Aston Villa hoping to help them win promotion back to the Premier League, but admitted his long term goal is to manage Chelsea.
Terry turned down more lucrative deals to sign the contract with the Midland’s club, which included an option of a further 12 months, because he couldn’t face playing against his old employers at Stamford Bridge.
But the 36-year-old who won 78 caps for England, played 717 games for the Blues and won his fifth Premier League title in May, doesn’t want his career to end there. He is already talking of his long term goal of returning to the Blues as manager and has discussed it with ex-team-mate Frank Lampard.
Villa offered Terry a package which could see the defender clearing £4m if incentives are achieved, especially promotion, but his decision to join Villa was based on his high regard for Steve Bruce and Steve Round and the uncomfortable prospect of playing against Chelsea if he signed to another PL club.
“The mental side of playing against Chelsea was too much to get over for me,” he told reporters.
“I had 22 years there and I am very proud of that.
“Promotion would give me a big decision to make but if you were to offer me that today – to get into the Premier League with Aston Villa – then I would bite your arm off.
“That’s the aim for me this year and beyond that I really don’t know.
“It would give me the same problem as why I chose Villa in the first place but in football we always say never rule anything out because it’s a funny game.”
Villa are among the favourites to win automatic promotion to the top flight in 2017-18, even though they finished 13th in the Championship