John Terry has said it would be “incredible” to manage his former club Chelsea once his playing career ends.
The defender, 36, joined Championship club Aston Villa on a one-year deal on Monday after leaving the Premier League champions at the end of June.
Quoted in several national newspapers, Terry said: “Do you dream too big? I don’t think you can ever dream too big.
“I’ve always wanted to be the very best and if that’s in management, then Chelsea’s the one.”
The former England captain, who made 717 appearances and won five league titles with Chelsea, added: “That would be incredible but I realise as well you can’t go in somewhere like Chelsea as your first job.”
Speaking at his unveiling after joining Villa, Terry said the difficulty he would have in facing Chelsea was one of the main reasons for him turning down offers from Premier League clubs.
Terry will not have a coaching role at Villa, but is eager to learn from manager Steve Bruce and director of football Steve Round, with whom Terry worked during his international career.