John Terry: Why my dad never wanted me to join Chelsea

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Chelsea legend John Terry has revealed his dad never wanted him to sign for Chelsea

According to Terry, his dad wanted him to join Manchester United because they were both fans of the Manchester club at the time.

Despite his father’s desire to see him join Manchester United, Terry instead opted to join Chelsea.

“It was a tough decision [to join Chelsea]. Manchester United were my club and my dad’s. We were mad-keen fans and Eric Cantona and Ince were my heroes,” John Terry said back in 2020 (via Footballer’s Guide to Football podcast).

“My dad never wanted me to sign for Chelsea. Actually, on the pitch of me signing my schoolboy form at the club, my dad refused to go on the pitch with me.

“I’m in the tunnel, the players are coming off the pitch and I’m waiting in the tunnel, Glenn Hoddle goes past and my dad’s going, ‘You’re not signing for this football club, we should sign for Man United’.

“Again, me being me at the time I’m going, ‘I’m 100 per cent I’m signing here, if you don’t come out with me I’m going out to sign’. And you needed a parent, so my mum said she would come and sign it with me, my dad’s going mad at my mum, ‘No you won’t’.

“There’s a picture of my mum and Graham Rix signing my contract, but my dad refused and absolutely kicked off that night. Again, me being the character I was, I knew Chelsea was right for me. It upset my dad but he could see Chelsea were going places.”

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