Chelsea defender Michael Hector who’s on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt has revealed how Chelsea captain John Terry reached out to him after a difficult start to life in Germany.
Hector spoke highly of the Blues captain to Goal as both players prepare for cup finals this weekend.
From struggling at the start of the season, Hector will play in the DFB-Pokal final as Frankfurt will face Andreas Christensen’s Borussia Dortmund in the cup final on Saturday.
“He has helped me quite a bit since I signed for Chelsea,” Hector told Goal ahead of the DFB-Pokal match. “During pre-season, I had to sing in front of him [in an initiation]. He took me to play golf with him and Carlo Cudicini.
“It was good for someone I respected and watched growing up to be so down to earth. He helped me through a tough time when I was training in the first team and in pre-season. Obviously when I joined I was 23 and had played a lot of games but to train with the team you support is completely different.
“It took me a week to understand that I deserve to be here and that I am a part of this. I am not a fan anymore, I’ve not just won a chance to train with the players but I had earned the right to play here and train with these players.
“He spoke to me well and even when I started badly at Frankfurt with the two red cards, he sent me a text saying, ‘This is football, it is part of our jobs as a defender and these things happen.’
“He said you are a good defender and you will come out from it. When I scored he sent me a text saying, ‘Well done and I am buzzing for you’. I was only around him for a month and for him to take time out to send me these messages, his messages mean a lot to me and it shows the type of person that he is.
“He is down to earth and he is such a nice guy. He is a football man and he has always looked after the new players that have come in. It is a pleasure for someone like that to look out for me.”