Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has opened the door for former captain John Terry to return to Stamford Bridge as part of his coaching staff. Terry left Stamford Bridge after 22 years of service in June 2017 for a long season with Aston Villa and declined a move to Spartak Moscow this week. Sarri believes that Terry, 37, still wants to play for another season, but insists that he will always be welcome at his "home" in Chelsea.
"The last time I spoke with him, he told me he wanted to play another season," Sarri said Friday.
"Surely it will be a point of reference for me, for everyone here.
"It depends on him, if he wants to play for another season, I think he's fine, try to play, if he wants to help us, I'm very, very happy."
Before Saturday's visit from Cardiff to Stamford Bridge, Sarri's team is at the top of the Premier League with four victories in the first four games of the Italian in charge.
However, he insists that the Blues still can not be considered a serious threat to Manchester City champions or current leaders of Liverpool, who finished 30 points from fifth place last season.
"I can respond to City or Liverpool, for the time being," Sarri added about which sides are contenders for the title.
"We need another step, I think, to be of the same level.
"I think so, I hope not, it's very difficult, the gap was 30 points at the start of the season."