John Terry has explained how he defied his father to join Chelsea instead of Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Terry signed for the Blues in 1995 as a developmental player after four years in West Ham’s youth system.
The centre-back went on to enjoy almost two decades as a stalwart of the first team at Stamford Bridge. He captained the club to five Premier League titles, the Champions League and a multitude of other trophies.
But Terry himself says he would have taken a rather different route, had his father got his own way.
“I had the option between Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United and to be fair all of them went above and beyond,” he told the Footballer’s Guide to Football podcast.
“The moment I walked into Chelsea, it just felt right. I know that’s going to sound really bizarre.
“Again, my dad never wanted me to sign for Chelsea. Actually, on the pitch of me signing my schoolboy form at the club, my dad refused to go on the pitch with me. I’m in the tunnel, the players are coming off the pitch and I’m waiting in the tunnel, Glenn Hoddle goes past and my dad’s going, ‘You’re not signing for this football club, we should sign for Manchester United’.
“Again, me being me at the time I’m going, ‘I’m 100 per cent I’m signing here, if you don’t come out with me I’m going out to sign’.
“And you needed a parent, so my mum said she would come and sign it with me, my dad’s going mad at my mum, ‘No you wont’.
“There’s a picture of my mum and Graham Rix signing my contract, but my dad refused and absolutely kicked off that night. Again, me being the character I was, I knew Chelsea was right for me.
“One night that was probably supposed to be one of the best nights of my life turned out to be a tough one for a young 14-year-old to be honest.
“I just knew and loved Chelsea from the moment I walked in and never looked back, I still love the club and look out for every result now. It’s great to see Lamps and Jody in there now doing their thing, excellent.”
Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro says he is well aware of the interest from across Europe – including from Chelsea and Manchester United – in Kai Havertz.
Havertz broke into the Leverkusen side in 2016 and, at 20 years of age, he has already made 144 appearances.
The midfielder has been on several clubs’ radars for some time but his performances since the Bundesliga resumed last month have been particularly impressive.
His five goals in five appearances have caught the eye, given that the Bundesliga restarted ahead of Europe’s other leagues.
As such, reports claim Chelsea and United are keen on the midfielder, who is worth upwards of £70million.
Bayern Munich also hold an interest and are in “pole position” for his signature, one claim says.
Speaking to Kolner Stadt Anzeiger, Carro acknowledged that “many clubs”want Havertz in the upcoming transfer window.
He also vowed to find an amicable solution to the player’s future that serves his own and the player’s desires. Read more…