Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed that a quick phone call with Jose Mourinho in 2013 saved his Blues career, after the former England skipper had endured a difficult period the previous year.
Terry and Mourinho’s relationship seems to go beyond that of a normal player and manager, with both embodying similar qualities, from the touchline and on the pitch.
During Rafa Benitez’s interim period, he gave the impression that he felt Terry wasn’t able to play two games in quick succession which led to many believing that former England skipper’s career was tailing off.
Mourinho’s phone-call was vital in restoring his self-belief.
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“He knows what buttons to press. He knows what makes me tick,” Terry told the Sun.
“And when he came back this time, I got that little phone call saying ‘I need you to hit the ground running. People have written you off’.”
Fast-forward to this season, Terry is arguably in the form of his life and continues to defy his age of 34. Mourinho recently confirmed that his captain will stay for another year.