Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri Offers John Terry A Chance To Come 'Home'

Grant SmithSep 15, 2018

He has been maintaining his fitness at Chelsea's Cobham training complex and is working towards his Uefa A licence, with Sarri having spoken with the former England centre-half before the switch to Russian Federation fell through.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday afternoon, head coach Sarri said Terry previously told him he would like to continue playing for another season.

"I spoke to Eddie Newton (Chelsea's loan player technical coach) about it, but he ended up at Aston Villa", he told the Evening Standard. I don't want to go there and not have a shot on target, but we've got to have players at their best abilities to give them a game'.

"Of course [I am open to the idea]".

"For sure he will be a point of reference for me, for everybody here (if he returned)". I don't know [if there is a chance].

"We had areas of priority in the summer, and a lot of that was trying to bring the age of the squad down to achieve the style of play we want here". So I know that the matches after the break are very, very hard.

"It is up to him".

"If John wants to work with my staff, it's right that he works with my staff". But if he wants to help us, I'm really very happy. I don't know if he'll be able to play tomorrow.

"I think so. I hope not".

"Fortunately, we have very strong young players: [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, [Ethan] Ampadu... and I'd like to give them the right space". But after a discussion with Chelsea I realised that the main thing was to feel good where I was.

Fabregas is likely to only be fit for a place on the bench, though, and could replace Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who picked up an injury on global duty with England.

Luiz was something of a forgotten man for Chelsea under Antonio Conte last season, falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and making only nine Premier League starts.

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