John Terry has opened up about his legendary career at Chelsea, discussing the effect that Blues legend Gianfranco Zola had on him in his early days, as well as how useful going out on loan was.
Terry ended his 19-year Chelsea career by lifting the Premier League trophy once again, and has since spent time answering seemingly hundreds of questions about his career. Terry has now discussed how useful Gianfranco Zola was to him when he first started out at Chelsea, crediting the Italian for sorting out Terry’s actions after a match.
”We had the likes of Gianfranco Zola at the club with the way he was looking after himself, whether that be food or not drinking or going out after games.” Terry told Chelsea’ official club website.
“I was quite close to Franco, I played golf with him quite a bit and spent some time at his house so I saw the way he lived, what he ate, what he drank and he got me into coffees rather than shandies after a game of golf.
“I was very fortunate to be around someone like him as a person, the way he gave time to fans, got off the bus and signed a hundred autographs in the pouring rain. It was a good education for me.”
Terry went on to discuss the importance of loan moves. Despite only ever playing six matches whilst on loan at Nottingham Forest, Terry expressed how loan moves can be a bit of a reality check.
“Going on loan definitely did for me as a young player. You go into dressing rooms with real men where winning means everything, bonuses mean paying the mortgage, and there aren’t things you take for granted.”