Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri open to John Terry return in coaching role

Tanya Simon
September 15, 2018

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has let club legend John Terry know that he would welcome his return to Stamford Bridge as a coach.

Terry left Stamford Bridge after 22 years' service in June 2017, for a one-year contract with Aston Villa.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with Cardiff, when Chelsea will be seeking a fifth win from five Premier League games, Sarri said he was open to the prospect of Terry returning to the club.

"John Terry is a fantastic player, a fantastic leader, he has got a lot to offer", Lampard is reported as saying in the Derby Telegraph.

"Last time I spoke to him he told me he wants to play for another season", Sarri said. My feeling is that now we are not a very solid team in the defensive phase. "It's up to him, I am very open with him because of his history with the club".

"We need another step, I think, to be the same level".

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Chelsea duo Cesar Azpilicueta and Eden Hazard are the main candidates to take on the captaincy role under Sarri.

Cardiff have yet to win a game this term, drawing two and losing two, but he feels that it will not be easy against the Welsh side.

'The best news is that Fabregas is now very well, ' Sarri told Chelsea's official website.

Emerson Palmieri and Davide Zappacosta are major doubts for the game tomorrow after being struck down with a virus while Ruben Loftus-Cheek could also miss out after picking up a knock while away with England this week.

"I don't know the situation, I have to speak to the doctor, I don't know if he will be able to play".

"Mentally the match after the (international) break it is very hard; materially because we will play against a very physical team", he said.

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