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When you hear the names John Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, you know that these men gave their all for Chelsea and are among the greatest legends the club can boast of.

Fortunately for Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he shared a dressing room with these legends and he played some games with them as well.

Loftus-Cheek who’s currently on loan with Crystal Palace reflects on a selection of firsts from his career in football on Soccer AM, and he shared some experience he had with Terry, Lampard and Drogba.

He recalled his first at training with the senior team and how he was paired against Drogba.

Loftus-Cheek said: “I remember it so clearly because I was 14 and I was still at school. It was on a thing called day release so we took the day off school on a Wednesday to train and do sport at Cobham.

“At the end of the day we got asked to join in with the first team because of numbers. There was a one against one drill and I got partnered with Didier Drogba. I was going one against one with Drogba at 14. I was still young then but I thought I need ed to get in the gym to get like that! His physical shooting and his presence was immense.”

And on his first captain John Terry, the Chelsea midfielder who’s on loan to Crystal Palace said: “My first captain was John Terry. Still to this day, I think he’s the best captain I’ve seen. When I first joined the first team changing room at 18 and new signings would come in, he would be the first one to welcome them and show them about. He certainly made me feel like a first-team player when I first moved over. He was a big help.”

He also remembered one time when Lampard amazed him with his shot accuracy. He said: “It was probably Drogba or Frank Lampard. I remember clearly, he was doing shooting practice and he just didn’t miss. I didn’t recall him missing once. His shots we almost identical, hitting the same spot every time. It was a good experience to see the level it is.”

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