John Terry was still a young player in 2001 when Chelsea signed the likes of William Gallas, and the Blues captain who was 20 at the time has revealed that it made him scared.
“As a young player I was nervous,” Terry recalled. “The first thing you think about is that they are coming to take your place. I heard you were quick, you read the game really well, the opposite to me – I was regarded as being slow and at the time I was quite nervous as a young boy.
“But you had so much time for me, even as a young player, and training with you guys made me a better player for sure.”
Gallas also remembered the situation, but from a different perspective.
He said: “When I arrived at Chelsea I spoke with Marcel. Marcel told me: “We have one young player who is unbelievable, and his name is John Terry. He plays with the right foot, the left foot.” He asked if I could do it with the left foot and I said, ‘No I can’t’.
“Marcel said this guy is the new generation of Chelsea, he’s the new boy. I thought I am coming to Chelsea and I will be on the bench! The first time we trained together I was looking at you [Terry] all the time, and I thought, “Marcel was right – this boy is good!”
“But we started playing together and the balance was perfect, and that’s why we played so many games together.