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Terry is our Maldini - Ancelotti

England and Chelsea captain John Terry
Terry is regarded as one of the best defenders in the Premier League

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti says John Terry is as important at Stamford Bridge as the legendary Paolo Maldini was during his time at AC Milan.

Ancelotti has managed both one-club players and left AC Milan this summer, as Maldini hung up his boots.

The Italian told BBC London 94.9: "Like Maldini at AC, Terry was born in this club. Like Maldini, he went through the academy at this club.

"And he has a very good feeling for this club, which is very important."

Maldini is regarded as one of the best defenders the sport has ever seen, winning virtually every honour in the game during a glittering career with AC Milan during which he made more than 800 games for the club.

The 41-year-old was linked with a role at Stamford Bridge after bringing the curtain down on his playing career, but the mooted move never came to fruition.

Despite praising him by comparing him with Maldini, Ancelotti does not think the Chelsea and England captain will lift the World Cup this summer in South Africa.

"They [England] are one of the top teams in the World Cup, but destiny is not for the European team," he said.

"Never has a European team won the World Cup outside of Europe. This is difficult, not only for England but for all European teams."

"But [Fabio] Capello is a very good coach, with a lot of experience in football and I am happy that he is doing a very good job," he added.

The Chelsea boss, who won both Serie A and the Champions League during his time at AC Milan, also confirmed he would like to manage at international level in the future.

"I would like to train, but in the future, not now," he said.

"I am Italian, so I would like to train an Italian side, but I'm not sure it would be possible. I would also like to train an African team, for example Ivory Coast are a fantastic team."

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