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Terry rules out replacing Lampard by committing future to Aston Villa

John Terry has committed his future to Aston Villa by signing a new contract at the club, keeping him at Villa Park until 2021.

The Aston Villa assistant had been linked with replacing former teammate Frank Lampard as manager of Derby County, with the 40-year-old tipped to leave the club to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.

Any speculation that Terry could leave to take up a first senior managerial role now appears to be over, Aston Villa confirming Terry has signed a new two-year deal to remain with the club.

The former England captain spent his final season as a player at the Midlands side, before taking up a role on the club’s coaching staff following his retirement in 2018.

Working alongside Dean Smith, Terry played an important role as Villa secured promotion this season, beating Lampard’s Derby side 2-1 in the Championship play-off final.

The 38-year-old holds ambitions of becoming a manager in his own right, but has opted to spend the next two years working with Smith as he continues to learn his trade.

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