John Terry targets Chelsea return as manager after joining Aston Villa

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"I looked up to Steve Bruce as a player, and as a manager I'm looking to come in and learn from him".

The move is one of the most lucrative ever signed by a player in the Sky Bet Championship, and could see 36-year-old Terry earn £4m if he can help secure a successful promotion campaign. "Whether that's different in a year's time, I don't know".

"Playing against Chelsea just doesn't sit right with me", he said.

"I had a lot of big financial offers to play in the Premier League, but once I took that decision out of it this was an easy one for me". "But I was given a lot of opportunity by the club, from the supporters, who wanted a homegrown player coming through".

While still keeping half an eye on events in west London, Terry has brought the Chelsea chapter of his playing career to a close after 22 years.

"Me and Lamps (Frank Lampard) have had those conversations", Terry added.

'It's a tad tender but it's done. if we get linked with Messi I'm just keeping quiet in future #AVFC, ' Higgins joked.

"I could have played in the Premier League or other continents and earned a lot more money". Either that or they need to back themselves and go out on loan.

Chelsea are not the only Premier League team without a clear pathway from the youth setup to the first team - the same criticisms levelled at the champions could be aimed at Manchester City - but their attitude to youngsters diverges sharply from European sides such as Monaco. "The dialogue I've had with them was key".

"So I think you need to go out and do your work and put your minutes in on the pitch and make your mistakes that no one sees so that when you do go in, you're kind of ready".

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