Maurizio Sarri opens the door for return of Chelsea legend

Danny Simpson Leicester

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"It's up to him, if he wants to play for another season I think it's right he tries to play".

The 37-year-old is reported to want to continue playing but Sarri said he would welcome Terry back at Stamford Bridge if he made a decision to pursue a coaching career.

Sarri established a reputation in Italy as a pure coach who is obsessed with thinking about football and preparing meticulously for his opponents, but the vibe he gives off is not as intense as the one that surrounded Antonio Conte during his two years at Cobham. He told me he wants to play.

Derby County and Spartak Moscow have both reportedly dropped out of the race for Aston Villa target John Terry.

Maurizio Sarri has enjoyed an excellent start to life in the Premier League as the Blues sit joint top of the table on 12 points having registered victories over Huddersfield, Arsenal, Newcastle and Bournemouth so far.

Chelsea's ideal start to the season has led to suggestions they can challenge for the title after placing fifth last term, well adrift of champions Manchester City. I love the manager - he loves football so it's special to work with him - I love the philosophy. Cesc Fabregas is returning to full fitness but won't be ready to play this weekend.

"It will be a very hard game for everybody who plays Cardiff".

"I've been trying to stress this number to my players (to avoid a drop-off in performance) and telling them my experience in this situation".

Asked whether his side can challenge for the title, Sarri said champions Manchester City and Liverpool were favourites and that Chelsea needed to improve defensively.

"I think in the coaching staff, I think".

Terry said his goodbyes to Chelsea last summer, calling time on a phenomenal career at Stamford Bridge, during which he established himself among the greatest players ever to pull on the shirt.

"My feeling is that now we are not a very solid team in the defensive phase".

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