John Terry has announced he’s leaving Chelsea this summer, with Celtic supporters already speculating he could be heading for a swansong in Glasgow – and this interview from 2013 shows how much he’d relish working with Brendan Rodgers again.
The veteran centre-back revealed yesterday that he will be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the current Premier League season after almost 20 years at the Premier League club, but despite his 37th birthday looming on the horizon, he won’t be hanging up his boots just yet.
There will no doubt be lucrative offers on the table from all over the world, but could Terry seriously be considering a move to Celtic?
Not only would the club offer the derby matches with Rangers, the chance to win trophies and another crack at the Champions League, but it would also represent another opportunity for Terry to work with Rodgers once again, following the Northern Irishman’s time as a coach at the Blues.
In a 2013 interview with the Independent, the former England skipper lavished the Hoops boss with praise, and certainly doesn’t sound like he’d be against a reunion.
At the time, he was quoted as saying: “I know Brendan very well. “He is a great manager and was brilliant for me and the other players. I can only speak highly of him.
“There were many ways he helped me. When Jose was there he was always around.
“A couple of times I was left out of the side or injured and he’d pull me to one side. He did a nice little video of me scoring goals, making tackles and had a 15 to 20 minute chat with me.
“At the time it was something nobody had ever done and it just goes to show his man-management and how well he’s doing and how well he’ll do in the future.
“It’s little things like that which really gives you a boost when you’re down. He was a real gentleman.”
“He was around quite a lot, fed off Jose and obviously learnt a lot from him.
“But you could see he had it in him to go on, his mannerisms around the players, he had a great rapport with the players at the training ground on a daily basis.
“He speaks a different language too which is an added bonus.”
The quotes may be four years old, but they definitely speak of a real respect between the pair, and surely Rodgers would love to add a man of Terry’s experience to his dressing room, if only for a season?
What do you think?