John Terry completes Chelsea return as new role is confirmed with fans buzzing
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John Terry has completed his return to Chelsea after the club confirmed his new role to leave fans buzzing.
The former club captain will return to the club in the new year to take up a role with the academy, four years after playing his 713th and final match to take.
Chelsea confirmed on Wednesday morning that Terry will take on a part-time coaching consultancy role with the academy starting in January.
He had been out of work since leaving Aston Villa in the summer, where he had been assistant manager to Dean Smith since taking on the role in October 2018.
On the appointment, Chelsea head of youth development Neil Bath said: “We are delighted to be welcoming John back to Cobham in a role that will involve coaching and mentoring the next generation of young players in our Academy.
“It goes without saying that John’s experience in the game, both as a world-class player and more recently as an assistant coach in the Premier League, will be invaluable for everyone in the building.
“He will be a great mentor for our players and a fantastic asset to our coaching staff. We can’t wait for him to get started.”
Terry joined Chelsea aged 14 in 1995 and spent 22 years with the club, making over 700 first team appearances, most of which came as captain.
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He won five league titles as well as the Champions League with the Blues, and Chelsea fans are buzzing to have him back at the club.
One fan tweeted: “Welcome back legend,” while another added: “Finally some good news.”
A third supporter poked fun at rivals Tottenham Hotspur by writing: “The man who has more trophies than Tottenham. Captain. Leader. Legend.”
In total, Terry won 17 major trophies with the club.
He will now work with the academy as Chelsea look to continue their record of producing promising young talent.
Several academy graduates have starred for the Blues this season including Trevoh Chalobah, Mason Mount and Reece James.
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