Transfer Latest: Chelsea legend travels to Russia to stretch his playing career amid managerial aspirations

John Terry, who aspires to be the next Chelsea manager, joins Spartak Moscow to continue his playing career.


The madness of the transfer window was over days back, but the future of iconic John Terry was still undecided until this afternoon when he completed his medical at Spartak Moscow to join the Russian heavyweights on a one-year deal where he will be playing under Massimo Carrera – the former assistant of ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte under whom the Three Lions legend had the final year of his glittering career at Stamford Bridge.

Terry, 37, discussed his future recently where he shared his dream of managing Chelsea one day after spending 22 colourful years with 717 appearances, five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and both UEFA Champions Leauge and Europa League once each. He joined Championship side Aston Villa on a Bosman move last year but narrowly missed out a Premier League return having lost to Fulham in the playoff final.

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He, however, is in no hurry to take up managerial duties like Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard or Ryan Giggs but considers it a long-term plan as told to Daily Mail:

“Yes, it’s true, I want to be the manager of Chelsea one day but that is a five- to eight-year plan.”

Terry also quoted late Chelsea great Ray Wilkins who used to tell him ‘John, play as long as you can, don’t close that door until you have to’, something that still drives the legendary centre-back to continue as a player in the twilight of his career.

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Terry had multiple offers on the table amid ‘unfinished business’ at Villa but greeted the fans and the manager Steve Bruce his best wishes for a top-flight return next year after surviving a financial conundrum this summer. The move to Russia, however, is being viewed as a transition before entering into management after hanging up boots and the player, who is plying his trade abroad for the first time in his career, must have something special to offer in coming days.