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Chelsea legend John Terry was given a hero’s welcome when he visited Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night with his Aston Villa side.
Terry, who made 717 appearances for Chelsea and won five Premier League titles, is now assistant manager at Aston Villa.
Terry’s Aston Villa side lost 2-1 to Chelsea, managed by his former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard.
Terry posted on Instagram on Thursday morning to say thank you to Chelsea for the greeting he received, and singled out some of his old pals who are now his rivals.
Terry wrote: “Incredible to be back at the Bridge last night and see some familiar faces @franklampard @morriskid @petrcech @chelseafc.
“Very humbled and thankful for the reception I received. Love you all.”
Terry also uploaded photos of him with former Chelsea team-mates Frank Lampard, who is now the Blues’ manager, Petr Cech, a technical advisor, and Jody Morris, who is Lampard’s assistant.
Meanwhile, Lampard has now revealed why Terry wasn’t part of his coaching team at Chelsea.
Lampard said: “I can’t guess the future. I don’t know [but] 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.”