Terry eyes Chelsea manager role after Spartak Moscow rejection

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The 37-year-old is not ready to give up on his playing career but is happy to be working with players in the Chelsea youth system

John Terry says he still plans on becoming a manager as he begins training players at Chelsea's academy.

After declining a contract offer from Spartak Moscow in midweek, the defender returned to the Blues' training centre to work on getting his coaching certificates.

The 37-year-old has discussed the prospect of joining Maurizio Sarri's background staff, but he hopes to have at least one more season as a player.

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And although Terry is not sure of where he will end up, he knows his long-term objective.

"Still undecided what I'm doing next," he told The 5th Stand. "My end game is to be a manager and that's what I'm working towards with the younger boys here."

Terry left Aston Villa at the end of last season before beginning negotiations with Spartak, but he says he is fully fit and feeling good after a break with his family.

"Good seven weeks with the family, which is the first time in 22 years. Some real quality time," he said.

"Just really important to switch off after my career and reflect on things.

"I was training every day. I wanted to stay fit in case something came along. I'm still waiting.

"Undecided, but enjoying my time to really concentrate on my badges. It's what I really want to do."

Chelsea boss Sarri said he would welcome Terry into his staff, but understands his decision to keep playing.

"Of course [he would be welcome]. He would be a point of reference for me and everybody here," he said.

"It's up to him, if he wants to play for another season I think it's right he tries to play. If he wants to help us I am happy [for him to do so]. Here is John Terry's home."

One avenue has been ruled out for him, however, as his former Chelsea and England team-mate Frank Lampard denied interest in signing him for Derby County.

"John is a fantastic leader, a fantastic player and he’s got a lot to offer. But we have options in defence, so there’s no more movement from us," he said.

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