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Chelsea legend John Terry has revealed he sacrificed his Chelsea squad place for former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake in his final season at the club.
Terry was itching for Ake, then 21, to be given a chance in the first team under then Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
Terry told snooker great Stephen Hendry in a social media conversation: “I went to see [Antonio Conte] around Christmas time.
“I 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 great experience for him’.
“‘He was on the bench for about seven, eight or ten 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 has now since moved onto Manchester City via Bournemouth.