Maurizio Sarri has opened the door for Chelsea legend John Terry to return to the club as part of the coaching setup, report the Guardian.
Terry said his goodbyes to Chelsea last summer, calling time on a phenomenal career at Stamford Bridge, during which he established himself among the greatest players ever to pull on the shirt.
After spending the 2017/18 campaign captaining Aston Villa to the EFL Championship playoff final, Terry is a free agent once again. At 37-years-old, retirement could be on the horizon, but he doesn’t appear to be done just yet.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Cardiff City, manager Sarri revealed that Terry told him he is looking to have one final season playing the game. Sarri is quoted by the Guardian saying:
“The last time I spoke with him, a week ago, he told me he wants to play for another season.”
Terry possesses a wealth of experience which would be a useful asset for clubs both home and abroad. It is hard to imagine that he will have any shortage of offers in his inbox.
John Terry is Chelsea’s most successful captain, leading the Blues to 14 major trophies.
After fulfilling his desire of playing for another year, Terry will embark on life as a former professional footballer. Sarri appears willing to ease that transition – and bring him back where he belongs, at Chelsea.
The Guardian quote Sarri confirming that he is open to the idea of Terry joining up with him at Chelsea as a coach:
“Chelsea is his home, of course. For sure, he would be a point of reference for me. For everybody here, I think. His presence alone [would be]. This is John Terry’s home.”
“It’s up to him. I am very open with him because he is the history of the club. He has won everything with the club, so it’s up to him.”
Terry has Chelsea DNA. This is where he belongs. A void was left by his departure and we struggle to imagine any Chelsea fans wouldn’t love to see it filled by his return.
We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that all parties can come to an agreement which will take Terry back to Cobham next summer.