John Terry admits he intends to one day return to Chelsea as manager after signing for Aston Villa as a player. During this time he has won four EPL titles, five FA Cups, three football league cups and the Champions League, Europa League once each.
Terry is third on the all-time list of players with most Chelsea appearances.
Villa, which finished 13th in the League Championship last season, is targeting promotion back to the top division after relegation in 2016 and the manager Steve Bruce welcomed the move saying he is keen to make Terry their main man for inspiring the team.
Speaking about managing his former club, quoted in several national newspapers, Terry said: "That's a goal".
The former England global has now signed a one year contract at Villa but has outlined his aim to eventually become Chelsea's manager. "I've come here to play football, nothing else".
"I think it is a great move for both John Terry and Aston Villa".
Terry admitted that he didn't want to stay in the Premier League as he wouldn't want to face his old team.
"We took the Championship goalkeeper of the year on a free transfer, so that's a good start, and then we took Marc Roberts, who I think is an outstanding young centre-half with a big future. The mental side of playing against Chelsea was too much to get over", Terry said at Villa Park. I see a lot of players from my generation not walking into jobs that maybe I thought they would'.
He added: "That would be incredible but I realise as well you can't go in somewhere like Chelsea as your first job".
"Whether that's different in a year's time, I don't know".
It was that desire that Villa boss Steve Bruce latched on to for a sales pitch that was delivered, in part, during a round of golf in Portugal.