Blues skipper has been a one-club man his whole career.
Chelsea captain John Terry has admitted that he feared for his first-team place at Stamford Bridge in the immediate aftermath of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s takeover of the club back in the summer of 2003, reports the Daily Mail.
The veteran central defender has been at Stamford Bridge for his whole career to date, having made his Blues debut way back in the 1998-99 season, during which time the 32-year-old has made a whopping 574 appearances for the club, netting 55 goals in the process, including 32 goals in his 387 Premier League contests.
However, the former England international says that he is happy to admit that when he first heard the news that Abramovich has bought Chelsea from previous owner Ken Bates ten years ago this summer, he was concerned about the ramifications that the change could possibly have on his future in the capital.
“I remember being at home and seeing it [Abramovich’s takeover on July 1 2003] on the news,” Terry told Chelsea’s official magazine.
“I didn’t really know what to make of it at the time, but it is one of those days that I look back on now and realise the significance of.
“That first pre-season we were all texting each other about what players were going to come in and stuff like that; I think that was probably the first thing the fans thought of.
“However, from our point of view, it was a case of: ‘Who are they going to bring in and is your place in jeopardy?’
“Then we came back to training, with all the new signings there, and we realised how good they were. The standard in training went from being good to being very good on a daily basis.”