Chelsea captain, John Terry, has revealed that Jose Mourinho showed faith in the Blues skipper from the first day he arrived back at Stamford Bridge and that he would go the extra-level for his manager.
The 33-year-old has been starting in every Premier League game this season and his 21 caps are already 7 more than he had in the entire last season.
Terry had lost his place in the Chelsea line-up under Rafael Benitez, but has silenced his critics with some great performances since the beginning of the season, which also helped his side to be the shared best defence so far after their recent 2-0 over Hull City.
In an interview with the Chelsea magazine, he didn’t want to comment on speculation whether his form was good enough to return to the England national team, but was full of praise of his manager.
“The manager was straight with me from day one,” said Terry.
“When Jose came in, after the first week he said: ‘For me, nothing has changed. You’re still top, you can still work and play at the top’ and that was important.
“He showed faith in me, and to get that arm around you is something everyone needs, even if you are one of the more experienced players in the team.
“At the time the manager spoke about it, I think I needed it and, when I got that from him, it not only made me feel 10 foot tall, but it made me want to work even harder for the man in charge. It makes you go to that extra level – and I would give everything for the manager.”
Terry joined Chelsea at the age of 14 and has become the most successful captain in the club’s history, having led them to three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, one UEFA Champions League and one UEFA Europa League title.
He recently became one of only four players to have made over 600 appearances for Chelsea, and claims the honour of being ranked alongside Blues legends, Peter Bonetti and Ron Harris, inspires him and his long-standing teammate Frank Lampard.
“I look at ‘Chopper’ Harris and Peter Bonetti and it has always been the ambition for me to get up there with them, along with Lamps, who is the other player to have played 600 games here,” he added.
“Looking at those names, I am among legends and it is an honour just to be there. It is something I have always strived for, from when I was a kid at this club.
“I think it comes down to maintaining a level of performance, no matter what status you have at the club. Growing up with the likes of Michael Duberry, Frank Leboeuf and Marcel Desailly definitely improved my game.
“Not only because of the way they looked after me or the education they gave me through watching them play and training with them on a daily basis – they had the time to talk to a 17-year-old who was trying to learn his trade – but also through me wanting to stay out there after sessions and wanting to improve on what they told me.”
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