Frank Lampard has revealed he did not consider bringing John Terry with him to Chelsea when he was appointed manager at Stamford Bridge last summer.
Terry is assistant manager at Aston Villa and returns to Chelsea on Wednesday night looking to defeat his boyhood club.
The Blues boss said Terry was already going down his own route at Aston Villa when he was forming his coaching team at Derby but wouldn’t rule out joining forces in the future, report Sportsmail.
“I can’t guess the future,” Lampard was quoted as saying by Goal.
“It was never an option that was spoken about. I think John was very settled at Aston Villa.
“When I took the Derby job, he was already on his own path then and they obviously got promoted in the summer. John was very comfortable there and working away. I had my team that I worked with here.
“I think everyone has their own route. It’s not that I’m surprised, it’s just a path he’s chosen. It’s working well alongside Dean at a very good club that he already had a link with from his final year playing there.
“I think it was a very normal thing for him to choose to do and I’m sure he’ll have a very long and successful career in coaching, management, in whatever way he wants to take it.
“We all have to start in our different ways and he’s starting well.”