Maurizio Sarri open to John Terry joining Chelsea coaching staff

Dominic Fifield on 14 September 2018

Maurizio Sarri is open to the prospect of John Terry joining his coaching staff at Chelsea but fears the club’s former captain is intent upon playing for another season before he turns his attention to life in the dugout.

Terry, who spent last season at Aston Villa but is a free agent, turned down a two-year contract at Spartak Moscow this week after indicating it would not be the right move for his family. He has been maintaining his fitness at Chelsea’s Cobham training complex and is working towards his Uefa A licence, with Sarri having spoken with the former England centre-half before the switch to Russia fell through.

Sarri, asked whether he would welcome the possibility of adding Terry to his backroom staff, said: “Yes, of course, but the last time I spoke with him, a week ago, he told me he wants to play for another season. But I don’t know the situation now. 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. But I don’t know [if it is possible]. He told me a lot of things, that he wants to play, so I’d have to speak to him again.”

Terry joined Chelsea at the age of 14 and made 717 first-team appearances for the club, winning 15 major trophies. The most successful captain in the club’s history departed in 2017 and reached the Championship play-off final with Villa.

Steve Bruce remains eager to re-sign him, albeit he is wary of the finances that might involve. Terry’s former clubmate Frank Lampard has indicated he will not attempt to lure the 37-year-old to Derby County. “John is a fantastic leader, a fantastic player and he’s got a lot to offer,” said Lampard. “But we have options in defence, so there’s no more movement from us.”

Cesc Fàbregas has recovered from a knee injury but may spend the weekend training before of a potential return at PAOK Salonika in the Europa League next week. Loftus-Cheek’s chances of a rare start in that match appear to have been dashed after he picked up a shin injury with England.

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