Chelsea legend John Terry has revealed he almost signed for Premier League rivals Manchester United, but for him it was always Stamford Bridge.
The former defender has opened on the days leading to his youth contract with the Blues, and he has been through some twists and turns. Speaking to the Footballers’ Guide to Football podcast (relayed via The Mirror), Terry admitted he almost became a United player under the influence of his father.
“I actually went up to Man United for a year. I was travelling up in school holidays,” the 39-year-old said. “I actually went up with David Beckham when he signed his first pro contract. We went up in the car together. I was there on a two-week training camp.”
Terry went on to explain just how much his dad had wanted him to sign for the Red Devils. On the day they went to see Chelsea’s facilities, he made it known to his son that it wasn’t the club for him, Man United was.
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“My dad never wanted me to sign for Chelsea, and on the picture of me signing my schoolboy form on the pitch, my dad refused to go on the pitch with me,” Terry continued.
The ex-defender spent almost his entire senior career with Chelsea, amassing a total of 712 appearances in total and scoring 66 goals. He also boasts an incredible collection of medals, winning the Premier League five times, five FA Cups and one Champions League title during his time in blue (via Transfermarkt).
“I had the option between Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United and, to be fair, all of them went above and beyond,” Terry said. “But the moment I walked into Chelsea, it just felt right.”
Luckily the former England international followed his gut and shut out the pressure from his father. If Terry would have opted for United over Chelsea, who knows how his career would have panned out. But what we do know is he certainly has a career dripping in gold that he and his family can forever be proud of.
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