In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Aston Villa manager talks about the motivational skills of Chelsea legend John Terry, Frank Lampard lauds Ashley Cole’s ‘immense’ display in the Championship play-off final and Alvaro Morata says he wants to spend the rest of his playing career at Atletico Madrid.
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Terry is Villa’s master motivator
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says assistant coach and Chelsea legend John Terry has been the main motivator at the club during their successful promotion-winning campaign.
Villa secured their return to the Premier League after beating Derby County 2-1 in the Championship play-off final on Monday and Smith felt Terry had done a great deal in motivating the team, who were 14th when the pair arrived last October before going on a 10-match winning run to finish in fifth place.
Smith has used motivational speakers to inspire his squads during his previous spells in charge of Walsall and Brentford but he admitte he has had no need to do so at Villa this season.
‘No, I have got John Terry here,’ said Smith as reported by the Mirror.
‘He’s won everything in the game. He’s been at the pinnacle in his playing career as the captain of Chelsea, the captain of England and lifting the Premier League trophy five times.
‘I don’t need to go and get anybody else in.’
Lampard lauds Ashley Cole’s ‘immense’ display
Derby may have been beaten in the play-off final but Frank Lampard felt that his former Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole gave a special performance in what could have been his final game as a player.
The 38-year-old has largely played a back-up role for the Rams since he joined them on a short-term deal in January but with regular left-back Scott Malone suspended, he was named in the starting line-up against Villa and gave an accomplished performance, keeping winger Albert Adomah quiet for much of the game.
Cole has yet to confirm whether he is hanging up his boots but Lampard felt that he had shown real quality in the 805th game of his career
‘It's up to Ash whether he wants to carry on playing. It's his choice,’ said Lampard, as reported by the Mirror.
‘But I have to say that for him to train for only four days, and play the way he did, was really special. Considering he is 38, his performance was immense.’
Morata want to stay at Atletico
Striker Alvaro Morata had told Marca he is enjoying his football at Atletico Madrid and wants to remain at the La Liga club for the rest of his career.
The Spanish striker joined Atletico from Chelsea on an 18-month loan in January but has settled well at the Wanda Metropolitano and is keen to extend his stay at the club.
‘I am very clear that I want to stay here,’ said the 26-year-old, who was once an Atletico youth player.
‘Leaving here has not crossed my mind. I want it to be resolved as soon as possible. I'm happy here. I want to be here for all the years I have left as a professional.
‘If it was solely down to me, I would have signed my contract with Atletico.
‘It's what I want, but there are contract matters. I did everything possible to come here and I will do my best to stay.’