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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he would be “open” to the idea of John Terry returning to the club after the 37-year-old turned down a lucrative offer from Spartak Moscow earlier this week.

The Italian boss told journalists: “Last time I spoke to him he told me he wants to play for another season. That was about a week ago. I don’t know now the situation”.

“Chelsea is his home. I am open to the idea [of him returning], of course. For sure he would be a point of reference for me, for everybody I think”.

“I don’t know if there is a chance; he told me he wants to play. It’s up to him. If he wants to play for another season, it’s right he tries to play. If he wants to help us, I am really very happy”.

John Terry spent last campaign at Championship side Aston Villa, having left Chelsea in 2017, and is reportedly considering a staff role at Stamford Bridge.

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Former Chelsea captain John Terry has confirmed he will leave Aston Villa following just one season at the club. The 37-year-old signed a one-year-deal last summer and “gave everything” to reach the promotion in the current campaign, as he wrote on Instagram tonight.

Terry made 35 appearances with the SkyBet Championship side before Saturday’s play-off final loss to Fulham. He said: “I will look back on my time here and think about how close we were to reaching our goal. I have given my everything this year both on and off the pitch”.

“I’m still hurting today that we never managed to get back to the Premier League, where this club 100% belongs. This club will always have a place in my heart”.

We wrote earlier last week that John Terry was expected to sign a new deal with Aston Villa despite failing to reach their main target of the season before something apparently went wrong.

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Former Chelsea captain and club’s legend John Terry wants to sign a new deal with Aston Villa despite failing to get promotion to Premier League after 1-0 loss against Fulham in play-off final at Wembley.

It is understood 37-year-old would have extended his contract automatically if the Villains reached a promotion.

Terry, who’s been pictured in tears after failing to get a well-deserved promotion, featured 20 times this season scoring once against Middlesbrough earlier in October.

 

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Chelsea legend John Terry reveals his future plans: last year the former Blues skipper claimed he joined Aston Villa, who are playing the Championship, because he couldn’t sign with any another Premier League side that wasn’t Chelsea.

But now it seems he changed his mind and he opens his door to other Premier League clubs:

“I hope this isn’t the end. If we go up, I’m staying. And hopefully I can play for a few more years in the Premier League.’

“It’s only fair that if we go up, which is the belief within the group, that I stick around. It’s in my contract when I hit a certain number of matches.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it here and love the way I’ve been accepted. I had to perform to get the approval of the fans and the group, and it was a big call by the manager, too, to sign someone at 36 years of age and coming to the end of their career.’

“The job isn’t done yet. We’ve got a few more games to go. But hopefully I am here next season.”

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Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins died today following a cardiac arrest at the age of 61.

Wilkins had been treated in St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, since last Friday.

An officialstatement from Chelsea read:

“Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed.”

Wilkins was a regular pundit on on talkSPORT and Sky Sports and had worked there shortly before suffering the cardiac arrest, and was taken to St George’s Hospital on Friday.

In a club career of almost 700 appearances, he played for 11 clubs in total, including Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris St Germain, QPR ( twice) Millwall, Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient. He was capped 84 times by England and sent off in the 1986 World Cup.

As assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, he played a part in Chelsea’s first Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010, leading to the Italian describing Wilkins as “a real blue-blood” in his autobiography.

After leaving Stamford Bridge, Wilkins worked on the coaching staff at Fulham and Aston Villa and also managed the Jordan national team before latterly moving into TV work.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ashley Western - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Ahead of Sunday’s London Derby Chelsea vs Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, Blues legend Dennis Wise claimed Spurs may have a better position in the Premier League table now, but Chelsea will always be better than the rivals as a club and as far as winning trophies is concerned.

“I think Spurs have built well, but I don’t think they’re near Chelsea as a club at the moment. Wise told Standard Sport.  “Where do I class Spurs? They are batting above their weight. They haven’t won anything and haven’t spent a fortune on personnel. They have kept the nucleus of the squad and, from the outside, it looks like resources have been saved for the stadium. But as a player you want to win things – at Chelsea you do that. They may miss out one year but they’re back the next.  It is more important for Spurs to push Chelsea out of the Champions League, Chelsea will always be there competing for honours. But for Spurs they’re at more of a crossroads of which way they’re going to go. They’ve already lost in the Champions League and if Manchester United beat them in the FA Cup semi-final and they finish fifth, then it’s another season where they have failed again. That’s the problem they have. There is more pressure on them. They always seem to get themselves in a nice spot but fall short.”

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Chelsea are now living their better moment, with two consecutive defeats in the Premier League and a difficult Champions League last 16 second leg to be played next Wednesday at Camp Nou vs Barcelona.

However, Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola believes Antonio Conte‘s side can reach some important goals in the last part of the season.

This season perhaps hasn’t been quite as good as last season but the team is still doing well,’” Zola explained during the Geneva International Motor Show with his words then published on Chelsea official website. “Chelsea did very well in the first leg against Barcelona and will hope to get through [to the next round of the Champions League] in the second leg. They can still push on in the Premier League too and have a strong finish. Compared to last season, yes, of course it’s not as good, because Chelsea dominated the league so much. The Premier League is such a difficult competition, so it is uncommon to see a team dominate for two or three years in a row.  It used to sometimes happen back in the day, with teams like Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, but now the competition is so high, it doesn’t really happen anymore. But there is still plenty to play for. The Champions League is still open for us and there is still plenty available for us to have a good season. Of course we know it will be difficult in the Camp Nou, but we have to go there and give it everything. We need the fans to get behind the players and show their support. Hopefully there will be many fans there and hopefully they will be coming back happy with a win.”

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Former Chelsea star Ramires revealed he would be happy to return to Stamford Bridge before the end of his career:

“Chelsea? I’ll always have special affection for them and I want to play for them again before finishing my career,” the Brazilian, now at Jiangsu Suning, said speaking to UOL Esporte.

“I know the doors of Stamford Bridge will always be open to me and that wearing their jersey again would be spectacular.

“There’s been lots of talk about Inter, but nothing concrete has come my way, at least until today.

 “Everyone knows Inter are a great club and that playing in Europe again is a wish of mine, but for now I’m thinking about helping Jiangsu have a great 2018.”

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard won the Champions League with the Blues and the former midfielder believes Antonio Conte‘s side have now a chance to beat Barcelona at Camp Nou and continue the chase for this trophy also this season.

Can they win against Barcelona? I think so. Lampard told TalkSport.  “Chelsea were fantastic in the first leg and, of all the English teams in the Champions League, Chelsea do have the capabilities to be really organised and they have dangerous players on the counter-attack, particularly Eden Hazard  and Willian in his current form. If they can try and play the way they played at the Bridge, they’ve got a chance. It’s going to be a very tough game. When you go to the Nou Camp, Barcelona and especially Lionel Messi make it so difficult for you. But there’s certainly a fighting chance for Chelsea. They do have the ability to go there and get something.”

 

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Speaking to BT Sports tonight during the coverage of the first leg of the Champions League last 16 between Chelsea and BarcelonaManchester United legend Rio Ferdinand claimed he was impress both by Willian‘s performance and the Blues’ tactical display.

Conte got his tactics spot on today”. Rio Ferdinand said. “It was a very compact team and they picked their times well in coming out and causing Barcelona problems. Willian today was the one who produced.”

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