sport news John Terry claims promotion would rival Chelsea success

John Terry insists adding a Championship promotion with Aston Villa to his decorated CV would rival his other significant achievements in the game.

However, the former Chelsea and England captain knows that the midlands club's season would have to be deemed a failure if they fail to go up and restore their top-flight status.

Having won 15 major honours at Stamford Bridge, including five Premier League titles, the Champions League and Europa League, Terry ended a 22-year association with the Blues when he dropped down a level to pen a one-year contract with Steve Bruce's Villa.

John Terry claims winning promotion with Aston Villa would rival his Chelsea achievements

John Terry claims winning promotion with Aston Villa would rival his Chelsea achievements

Terry, pictured after winning last season's Premier League title, won 15 honours with Chelsea

Terry, pictured after winning last season's Premier League title, won 15 honours with Chelsea

Terry snubbed interest from other Premier League clubs due to a reluctance to face Chelsea and the 36-year-old is still hungry to collect more winners' medals before he turns to management.

Asked where winning promotion with Villa would rank in his career, Terry said: 'It would be really special, it would be up there for me.

'To step out of my comfort zone was a big decision for me. I still feel like I can play, hence my decision to come here. There's enough competition within the group to push me. Working with other players, seeing another league that I've not played in, all of it excites me.

'I don't think I'd ever want to come into a season where I'd go, 'I'm happy if we stay up or I'm happy if we finish halfway or do better

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