Maurizio Sarri has offered an open invitation for John Terry to join his coaching staff but said the former Chelsea and England captain had told him his intention was to play for at least one more year.
Sarri made it clear he had no interest in signing 37-year-old as a player because it would limit the opportunities for young central defenders such as Ethan Ampadu.
Terry is a free agent and has been training occasionally at Chelsea’s training ground after spending a season in the Championship with Aston Villa, which remains a possible destination.
Maurizio Sarri says he would welcome John Terry back at Chelsea in a coaching capacity
The 37-year-old is currently without a club after leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season
Last week, a potential move to Spartak Moscow fell through and his former team-mate Frank Lampard has confirmed there will be no reunion at Derby.
Sarri said: ‘The last time I spoke with him, about a week ago, he told me that he wants to play for another season.
‘It’s up to him. I think it is right that he tries to play. But if he wants to help us, I’m really very happy.
‘Chelsea is his home, of course. Here, he’s a point of reference. His presence alone would be very important for everybody here.
‘I am very open with him because he is the history of the club. He has won everything with the club.’
Sarri told a news conference on Friday that he is interested in the Chelsea icon joining his staff
Terry won the Premier League five times and the Champions League once at Stamford Bridge
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Asked about the possibility of Terry joining Chelsea as a player, Sarri said: ‘It would be on the coaching staff, I think, because, as I’ve said before, we want to give space to the young players.
‘Fortunately, we have very strong young players; (Ruben) Loftus-Cheek, (Callum) Hudson-Odoi, Ampadu, and I’d like to give them the right space.
‘I hope, in the future, I will be able to give him space, and give a space to Odoi and Loftus-Cheek.
‘They are very, very young and they are, for sure, the future of the club.’
Loftus-Cheek is a doubt for the game against Cardiff as Chelsea return to Premier League action following the international break.
Sarri said the midfielder had returned with a ‘little problem’ with his right leg.
Emerson Palmieri and Davide Zappacosta have been laid low with a fever but Cesc Fabregas is close to a return after a knee problem.