BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – John Terry admits he would one day like to manage Chelsea and has taken heart from Andre Villas-Boas' appointment.
Iconic club captain Terry has spent his entire career to date on the books at Stamford Bridge, making almost 500 senior appearances.
He first linked up with the Blues as a promising 14-year-old and has gone on to become skipper of club and country.
There is no questioning just how much Chelsea mean to Terry, with the 30-year-old having given blood, sweat and tears to the Stamford Bridge cause down the years.
He hopes all of that hard work will be rewarded in the future, with it his ambition to slip into coaching when it retires and eventually into the managerial hot-seat.
"Obviously my overall aim is to become manager," said England international Terry.
"And looking at this (Villas-Boas' appointment), as well as Roberto Di Matteo being brought in as coach, it's great for current players as well.
"They are giving chances to people who have been around the club and who know the club inside out as well.
"So that tells the players inside the club - myself, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech - who have all been here a long time, that if we do our coaching badges then there will be roles here in the future.
"Whether that's with the first-team or reserves, the club are encouraging that which is good."
Terry's current contract will take him through to the age of 33 and he admits former Porto boss Villas-Boas, who is only 33 himself, deserves immense credit for what he has achieved in such a short space of time.
He added: "What Andre's achieved is incredible. You do set yourself targets. I have got three years left on my deal and I will be 33 then, but I'm certainly envisaging Andre being in charge here for a long time.
"He fully deserves this chance. Not enough chances are given to young managers and how do we expect them to get the experience if they are not given the chance?
"Thankfully our owner, Roman Abramovich, has given him this chance."
John Terry also revealed he would welcome Luka Modric to Stamford Bridge with open arms should the Tottenham midfielder move across London this summer.
While Terry was not keen to add to the speculation, he admits the Croatia international's addition would be a great boost to the Blues' squad.
"He's a world-class player who is very difficult to play against," he told Sky Sports News.
"He's very agile, very quick and a great finisher like we've seen over many years.
"I know there are problems. It's probably a little bit disrespectful towards Spurs... [to talk about the situation].
"He has his own problems at the moment.
"We've got a good squad of players. If he comes he could certainly add to that."