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John Terry says he knew his Chelsea career was coming to an end under Antonio Conte.
Terry became a legend at Stamford Bridge, winning five Premier League titles in that time, the Champions League, Europa League and six FA Cups.
“I think there comes a time for us all where it hits you and you realise,” Terry said in an Instagram Live with snooker legend Stephen Hendry.
“In that last year under Conte at Chelsea, I was lucky because I had a really good relationship with him. I started the season he then changed formation, I got injured, he had a really honest conversation with me and said we were going to play three at the back. He doesn’t think I suit three at the back ‘I said “gaffer, no problem at all,” we was on a winning roll, “I’m never going to put any pressure on you. As long as we’re winning I don’t care. Obviously I’’m fit and ready, if you need me give me the opportunity.”
“Even throughout that season, he was putting me on the bench. I went to see him around Christmas time, and was like “gaffer, listen you’re putting me on the bench and we’ve got Nathan Ake,” who was an unbelievably talented young player. ‘I said “put him on the bench because the chances of him coming on are really slim, it’s going to be great experience for him.”
“He was on the bench for about seven, eight or 10 games, and he ended up playing against Spurs in the [FA Cup] semi-final that year. And it was just little stuff like that. I’m not sure players would have done what I done.”