Chelsea youngster Ola Aina has hailed the impact John Terry has on those around him after the full back lined up alongside the club captain for their side’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the International Champions Cup.
Quoted in Goal.com, Aina revealed that he was delighted that Terry was offered a one-year contract extension at the club, insisting that his presence was good for the academy graduates’ development.
The young defender has enjoyed a lot of game time already this pre-season under new manager Antonio Conte and took to the field once more as the Blues kicked off their International Champions Cup campaign with a win at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium.
After being given numerous opportunities to impress under the new Italian boss, Aina thanked Terry for his continued support as the 19-year-old finds his feet with the first team.
It is great [he stayed at Chelsea] because he is a leader,” he said.
“He has come through our youth development so it just shows that we can squeeze in as youth players and for him to help us every step of the way is great. Everyone appreciates that as well.”
Discussing the events in America, Aina believes Chelsea’s ability to keep out the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho lies firmly with the presence of the 35-year-old former England captain.
[He says] focus during the game, make sure you are switched on mentally. Be switched on even when I get tired and keep ticking over and keep thinking. I tell you that’s a big part of the learning of the game and it is helpful.”