Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says he would like John Terry back at the club in a coaching role.
It follows reports that the former Blues and England captain could return to Stamford Bridge after backing out of a move to Spartak Moscow.
Terry, who left the club last year and had a season at Aston Villa, has always indicated that he would like to enter coaching and management.
Speaking at a news conference on Friday afternoon, head coach Sarri said Terry previously told him he would like to continue playing for another season.
However, asked if he would welcome him returning to the club where Terry remains a massive favourite among fans, the Italian replied: “Yes, of course.”
Terry has also been linked with a return to Villa, who could still sign him as he is a free agent.
Sarri said: “The last time I spoke with him he told me he wants to play for another season, but I don’t know the situation. This is his home of course.
“He would be a point of reference for me. But I don’t know – he told me another thing, that he wants to play. I have to speak with him.
“If he wants to play for another season I think it’s right he tries to play. But if he wants to help us I am very, very happy.
“He would be very important for everybody. But it’s up to him.”