- John Terry is open to a return to the Stamford Bridge
- Terry recently rejected a move to Russian side Spartak Moscow
- Club boss Maurizio Sarri says Terry is free to head back to the club but in a different capacity
Chelsea legend John Terry is open to a return to Stamford Bridge not as a player but as a coach.
According to a UK Daily Star report, new club manager, Maurizio Sarri, while reacting to Terry’s recent decision not to join Russian top club Spartak Moscow at the last minute amid claims of a potential return to West London, says Terry still fancies more playing time on the pitch but would be excited if the former Blues ace opts to commence his coaching career at Chelsea.
“The last time I spoke with him he told me he wants to play for another season,” the Italian said.
“I don’t know now the situation, but Chelsea is his home, of course.
“Of course (I am open to the idea). Of course he would be a point of reference for me and everyone here.
“I don’t know (if there is a chance). He told me other things, he told me he wants to play. I have to speak to him,” admitted the 59-year-old former Napoli manager, who was quit to stress that Terry would not be considered as a player.
“The coaching staff, I think,” he said. “I want to give space to the younger players.
“Fortunately we have strong young players, and I would like to give them a space.
“Terry is a point of reference. This is his home. It is up to him.
“I am very open with him because of the history of the club. He has won everything with the club.
“It is up to him,” the Italian tactician summed-up.
Interestingly, Terry disclosed a couple of days ago, that he was looking forward to take over the managerial duties at Stamford Bridge currently occupied by Sarri.
“I’ve got three or four offers on the table to carry on playing — domestically or abroad — the chance to work in TV, or I will go into management.
“Yes, it's true, I want to be the manager of Chelsea one day but that is a five to eight-year plan,” Terry was quoted as saying by UK Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Chelsea have joined Premier League rivals Manchester United in a race to sign Roma defender Kosta Manolas when the January 2019 transfer window opens.
Since Kosta Manolas joined Italian side Roma from Olympiacos in 2014, the 27-year-old has established himself in the starting lineups of the club.
According to the report by Calcio Mecarto, Roma are trying to make Kosta Manolas sign a long deal at the club, as they are not ready to allow him to leave.
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