Chelsea legend John Terry has expressed “regret” for his treatment of former Blues teammates Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne.
While both Salah and De Bruyne eventually achieved Premier League stardom with Liverpool and Manchester City, they started their careers at Chelsea during Jose Mourinho’s tenure. Terry, who recently revealed that Mourinho was tough on Salah in training, has now admitted regret over his own actions with the two players during their time at Chelsea.
Asked on the Obi One Podcast whether he could have predicted their rise to becoming two of the league’s greatest-ever players, Terry replied: “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’ve gone to the levels they would’ve gone to, no chance.”
Both Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne had to leave Chelsea to further their careers, a situation that parallels John Terry’s own experiences as a manager.
Terry has served as an assistant manager at clubs like Aston Villa and Leicester City and is currently part of Chelsea’s academy staff. However, he has acknowledged that he knows a senior managerial role at Chelsea is unlikely to happen for him.