John Terry has said he may have to leave Aston Villa next season if they’re promoted, as he doesn’t want to play Chelsea.
While on Monday Night Football (Monday 18:13), the Villans captain revealed how close he was to a move to Swansea City and why he ended up at Aston Villa instead.
“I knew Paul [Clement], but I didn’t want to play in the Premier League against Chelsea – that was a big thing for me,” revealed Terry.
The defender continued to reveal that Clement almost convinced him to join the Swans despite his wish to not play the Blues after leaving them in the summer.
This prompted Dave Jones to ask Terry whether that meant he’d have to leave Aston Villa if they get promoted, as they then would have play Chelsea next season.
“Maybe,” Terry answered while laughing.
“First thing’s first, I want to get us up, that was my big thing, we’re doing okay at the minute.
“There was a bit of a setback at the weekend losing to Derby, but there are so many games and they come thick and fast in the Sky Bet Championship as well.”
Terry doesn’t want to face Chelsea after spending 19 years at the club, making 691 appearances for them and winning several trophies.
The Aston Villa skipper is currently sidelined with a metatarsal injury that he sustained against Sheffield Wednesday in November.
Terry has missed six league games and Aston Villa have failed to win three games without him.
After their recent results, Villa sit fifth in the league but Leeds United who sit just outside the play-off positions are one point behind.
Aston Villa are next in action against sixth placed Sheffield United on Saturday.
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