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Former Chelsea skipper John Terry might be hailed as one of the greatest players and captains in the history of the club, but Terry definitely learnt from one of the best.
Chelsea legend Dennis Wise was a no-nonsense captain during his days, and Terry has now revealed how Wise gave him a stern reality while he was just age 19.
Terry has revealed how he was promoted to first-team as a youngster and treated himself to a new car when a bonus came through due to his involvement in the Champions League.
Wise was furious with Terry’s decision and confronted him with the entire team watching.
“I remember I was in the first team and got a Champions League bonus and I went out and stupidly bought a car with the bonus I was on,” Terry told the Footballer’s Guide to Football podcast.
“I was 19 at the time. I come in with my car and Wisey got me up round the throat in the corridor in front of everyone: ‘Who do you think you are? Go and take the car back’.
“So he made me go and take the car back, which I lost money on, took me around and helped me find a house, buy a house, so it was the best bit of advice.
“I was embarrassed at the time but it was the best bit of advice that I could have had.
“I’m really grateful for all those little bits along the way, guiding the younger players, and he always not only had his eye on the first team but had an interest in the younger boys.”
Wise left Chelsea in 2001 after 11 years at the club, Terry will eventually captain the club not long after and went on to achieve great things with the club before calling it quits in 2017.