Terry reveals how he told a former Chelsea manager to put him on the bench

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John Terry was truly loved by the Chelsea faithful, not only for his displays on the pitch, but the legend gave his heart to the club.

In Antonio Conte’s first season at the club, during the 2016-17 season, Terry had lost his place in the first team, as the Italian preferred a back three of Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill, with Terry mostly named on the bench.

Terry has revealed how he told Conte at one point to rather put then youngster, Nathan Ake on the bench in place of him.

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Speaking on an Instagram Live Q&A with snooker legend Stephen Hendry, Terry said: “Even throughout that season, he was putting me on the bench.

“I went to see him around Christmas time and was like ‘gaffer, listen you’re putting me on the bench and we’ve got Nathan Ake’, who for me was an unbelievably talented young player.

“I said ‘put him on the bench because the chances of him coming on are really slim, it’s going to be a great experience for him.’

“He was on the bench for about seven, eight or 10 games, and he ended up playing against Spurs in the [FA Cup] semi-final that year. And it was just little stuff like that.

“I’m not sure players would have done what I did.”

Ake was thereafter sold to Bournemouth for a fee of £20 million in the summer of 2017, with the Blues retaining a buy-back clause of £40m on the Dutchman, who has gone on to develop his talent with the Cherries.

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