New Aston Villa signing John Terry has admitted that he hopes to return to Stamford Bridge as a manager one day, although he conceded that he would have to work hard to reach that point in his managerial career.
The former England centre-back finalised his move to Villa Park on Monday after leaving Chelsea on a free transfer, signing a one-year deal after spending the previous 22 seasons in west London.
Speaking after signing for Midlands club, he revealed his desire to take the reins at the Bridge, saying: “Do you dream too big? I don’t think you can ever dream too big. 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.
“But 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. I see a lot of players from my generation not walking into jobs that maybe I thought they would. So I think you need to go out and do your work and make your mistakes that no one sees, so that when you do go in, you’re kind of ready.”
He added: “Strip it back, it is time for me to start again. I am walking into the dressing room looking to set my marker. I am here to play, but also here to win. It is not financial. If that was the case I certainly wouldn’t be here.
“I could have played in the Premier League or other continents and earned a lot more money. I am here because the hunger is the same, to get back to the Premier League.”