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Aston Villa captain John Terry: “I didn’t want to face Chelsea”

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New Aston Villa captain John Terry has explained that he chose to drop down to the Championship in order to avoid facing Chelsea next season.

“First and foremost, when I ruled out playing in the Premier League – I didn’t want to play against Chelsea, that didn’t feel right at all – I had a couple of games of golf with the manager and we got talking,” Terry told talkSPORT.

“Steve is someone I looked up to as a player from his Man United days, and someone I’ve respected and known throughout the years anyway – we’ve always had a good relationship. He didn’t need to sell it to me at all, because it sells itself – the idea of working with him this season.

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“My Chelsea career is behind me. I’m here and have got a new challenge ahead now. So even though I’ll always have one eye on Chelsea – it will always be my club without a shadow of a doubt – I’m here and I’ve got an idea of how I want to see things this year.

“It’s going to be tough because there are an awful lot of games throughout the season, but we have a big group of players who are more than capable of going up in this division. If we apply ourselves right, we have a decent chance.”