Chelsea’s interim manager Rafael Benitez has beckoned John Terry to become a manager once he is done with his football career as a player. The Spaniard believes the Chelsea skipper has the required set of skills to become an impressive manager.
Rafael Benitez, who is eager to continue ahead of his tenure as Chelsea manager, mouthed words of praise and support for John Terry in a recent interview. In spite of recording regular setbacks at Chelsea, Rafael Benitez hasn’t refrained from making bold statements.
The former Liverpool manager believes John Terry could become the manager of Chelsea one day. The long-standing Chelsea skipper is nearing his 32nd birthday, so talk about being a manager in the future should excite John Terry.
“It is quite possible that John has the good qualities to become a manager,” Rafael Benitez said. “I have had players in the past who have been big names, but they did not understand the game like him. He likes talking about tactics. He seems as though he understands and, with the way he treats the young players and takes care of them.”
John Terry, who was being linked to Juventus earlier this month, made his first start for Chelsea in mid-November last year. The England international has been fighting hard to reclaim his spot in the Chelsea first-team, which is currently occupied by Gary Cahill.
“John is a great player and a great leader,” Rafael Benitez continued. “Maybe in some games we lacked something like this recently, but John can now be a key player for us for the rest of the season.”
Rafael Benitez further stated that he would keeping gunning for a permanent role at Chelsea, despite receiving an increased amount of abuse from Chelsea fans over the disappointing performance against Brentford in the FA Cup. Chelsea fans taunted Rafael Benitez with chants such as “you don’t know what you’re doing” in the 2-2 draw against the League One side on Sunday.
“I guarantee that sending on Juan Mata and changing the game showed we do know what we are doing,” Rafael Benitez responded. “We have to remember that this is a transition period at the club. They wanted a manager with experience and I will continue to try and do my best.”