Aston Villa have signed former Chelsea and England captain John Terry. Terry’s ambitions are however aimed higher, intending to return to Chelsea as a manager in the future.
After 22 years at Chelsea and rejecting numerous Premier League offers, Terry has signed a one-year contract with Villa. He won his fifth Premier League title with Chelsea in May and reportedly turned down offers to continue playing in the Premier League for more money because he did not want to play against Chelsea, BBC Sport mentions.
Terry confirmed that his role will be solely as a player at Villa and has high regard for Bruce and Steve Round. This symbiotic relationship served as motivation in his decision to join the club.
He expresses having no expectations of being given any special privileges regarding the captaincy at Villa as he told Sky Sports News HQ: "I think that leadership will be a given, me as a player and the way I am, whether I've got the armband or not."
As further cited by Skysports, Terry reveals his views on the prospects of becoming the Chelsea manager: “That's a goal. Me and Lamps [Frank Lampard] have had those conversations.”
“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.
“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.”
Terry was offered a substantial package with the possibility of clearing about £4m next season if all the incentives are achieved, especially promotion BBC Sport reveals.
Terry mentions: “My thoughts are 100% here and the ambition is to get us back to the Premier League. It's a huge club. Villa Park is one of the finest stadiums in the country and there's a good group of players here.
“I can't wait to get started now and look to help the squad achieve something special this season. It's a club that deserves to be in the Premier League and I still want to continue playing”.