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John Terry Reveals Two Premier League Clubs Who Would Not Welcome Him as Manager

John Terry has called managing Chelsea his "end goal"
John Terry has called managing Chelsea his "end goal" / Clive Mason/Getty Images

Chelsea legend John Terry has admitted there are two Premier League clubs where he wouldn't be welcome as a manager.

The 40-year-old is currently Dean Smith's assistant manager at Aston Villa, and revealed he has already turned down approaches from two "decent-sized clubs" because he is "in no rush". He added that managing Chelsea is his "end goal", and ruled out ever becoming the man in charge at two clubs in the league.

In an interview with the Times, Terry said: "My ambition is very, very clear. There's an end goal for me and that's managing Chelsea Football Club. My team will be winning — hopefully — very honest, very organised, very well drilled, very well prepared and with a back four."

He added, "I look at Lamps [Frank Lampard] and Stevie [Gerrard] and the success they've both had. Lamps in his first season at Chelsea, and what Stevies done up at Rangers is unbelievable. l probably wasn't ready to go into coaching then. I am now. But I'm not just going to jump into anything. I've turned down two jobs since I've been here [at Villa]."

Terry continued, "Decent-sized clubs. But it's going to take something special for me to leave here. I've got one more year left at Villa. I'm in a privileged position because I'm in no rush. I want to be a No 1 but I'll get there at some point."

The Chelsea legend was then asked of the vacant Tottenham job and he replied, "Never take it. Never. Spurs is the only one I wouldn't take. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be welcome at West Ham too."

Back in February, Villa boss Smith was asked about Terry's future at the club, and said: "I've always said right from the outset that John Terry came here to learn about coaching, and he's become a very, very good assistant manager to myself."

Smith concluded, "But ultimately, he's come in to learn the trade to ultimately become a number one. He wants to go into management but there's got to be a right time and the right club for him, and likewise it has to be the right time for Aston Villa as well. JT has been part of that conversation all the way through, so we are pretty cool on it."