Chelsea legend Hasselbaink reveals the first thing he noticed in John Terry

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Chelsea legend John Terry, made his Chelsea debut back in October 1998 and went on to become one of the club’s greatest players of all time.

Terry who was hailed as ‘Captain, leader and legend’ by Blues fans, made 717 appearances for Chelsea and helped the club win five Premier League titles, five FA Cup trophies, the Champions League and the Europa League during a career that spanned 20 years of first team football at Stamford Bridge.

Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in 2000, has revealed that he noticed something special in Terry from the first day and that the former Chelsea skipper wasn’t intimidated by the senior players.

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“John Terry was always from day one you could see he was special,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports.

“He was young, he trained with us at the time, don’t get me wrong we had Marcel Desially, we had Franck Lebeouff.

“I signed for £15m and there was that young boy in training I played against and he kicked the hell out of me, and I respected that.

“You understood that he was going to [make it]. And he could play as well with the ball. He could pass, you could just see he had something special.”

On Frank Lampard, he revealed that the current Chelsea manager at the time was a raw player with a huge mentality.

“The year after Frank Lampard came and Frank was raw,” said the former Netherlands international.

“Frank, when he came in, was ready as a football mentally but physically he was not ready yet.

“But, he saw everybody where they were and he was so competitive. ‘He worked so hard on himself. It was not in the first year that Frank was going to be the star he became, it was the second and third year because he was so determined, so focused on him getting better and what he needed to do to be one of the leaders and one of the top players he became.

“After that year you could see there was no stopping Frank Lampard.”

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