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'He said he wouldn't play against Chelsea... and I'm not going to pick him!': Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says John Terry focused on helping to 'beat the club he loves' John Terry will be in the opposing managerial dugout at Chelsea on Wednesday Terry returns to Stamford Bridge as the assistant manager of Aston Villa  Terry spent 20 years as a player for Chelsea before joining Villa in 2017 

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Published: 16:11 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 16:25 GMT, 3 December 2019

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Aston Villa manager Dean Smith believes John Terry's mentality as a 'serial winner' with Chelsea is having a galvanising effect on his players.

Terry spent 20 years at Chelsea before joining Villa, initially as a player in 2017 for a season before switching to coaching, helping the club return to the Premier League under Smith.

During a glorious career with the Blues, Terry won the Champions League, Europa League, five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the League Cup three times.

Dean Smith said John Terry is determined for Aston Villa to defeat Chelsea on Wednesday

Dean Smith said John Terry is determined for Aston Villa to defeat Chelsea on Wednesday

The match will see Terry return to the place where he spent the majority of his playing career

The match will see Terry return to the place where he spent the majority of his playing career

For the first time since leaving Chelsea, Terry returns to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night on the opposing side, plotting to help Villa boss Smith as his assistant head coach.

'He'll be excited for it,' said Smith. 'He always said he would never go back and play against them, and I'm certainly not going to pick him!

'I'm sure he will get an unbelievable reception from their supporters, and rightly so, after the playing career he had at that football club, and

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