LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – John Terry has acknowledged that he regrets his handling of former Chelsea teammates Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne, who went on to achieve Premier League stardom with Liverpool and Manchester City, respectively.
Terry, a Chelsea legend and former captain, disclosed on the Obi One Podcast that he couldn’t have foreseen their ascent to becoming two of the league’s all-time great players.
In response to the question of whether he could have predicted their success, Terry stated, “Absolutely not, no chance. It’s my one disappointment as captain. I softened as the years went on, but when those guys were there, I was very disciplined in the group and very strong.
“They probably needed an arm around the shoulder, a sit-down, and a discussion, and maybe I could’ve helped them settle in.
“I’m disappointed in myself as a captain, and it’s a regret I have. I wouldn’t have said they would have gone to the levels they would have gone to, no chance.”
Both Salah and De Bruyne had to leave Stamford Bridge to advance their careers, a situation that Terry finds himself in at a managerial level.
Although he has held assistant roles at clubs like Aston Villa and Leicester and is currently part of the Chelsea academy staff, he admitted that he “knows” a senior management role at Chelsea “won’t happen.”
With Mauricio Pochettino as the manager, Chelsea will strive to capitalize on a favorable Carabao Cup draw and secure a spot in the quarter-finals by defeating Blackburn on Wednesday.