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John Terry: My love for Aston Villa, 'still hurting', 'no pressure like Blues derby' and Jack Grealish

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John Terry: My love for Aston Villa, 'still hurting', 'no pressure like Blues derby' and Jack Grealish

John Terry has spoken about his time at Aston Villa at length for the first time since May's Play-Off Final.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Mail on Friday, he touched on a host of Villa-related topics.

You can read a selection of his thoughts below.


On his time at the club...

"I loved my time at Aston Villa. I am still devastated that we didn't go up.

"The manager, players and supporters were incredible with me but I hate losing and I feel there is unfinished business there.

"At Villa I would be there at the training ground with Robert Snodgrass, Conor Hourihane and Jack Grealish, working hard and training hard. I loved it there.

"From the first training session I wanted to prove myself."

On Steve Bruce...

"Steve Bruce is a great man and with the backing of the new owners, Steve will hopefully get the club back into the Premier League."


On the Villa fans and Blues derby...

"The fans were brilliant. They came to the training ground every day in the build-up to the game against Birmingham.

"Their message, 'We would rather be relegated than lose to these!' I've never felt so much pressure in a game but we won 2-0 and Villa Park was buzzing.

"We were filling the stadium. Someone threw a stat at me, 'John, this is the biggest home crowd you have ever played in front of'. It was."


On attention to detail during his time with the club...

"I've used a personal chef at home for 10 years to make sure I was eating the right way and to give me every opportunity to be the best I could be. 

"At Villa, I employed Johnny Marsh, the chef, to send food to my hotel every week. I've used a masseur two to three times a week for a long time."

On our one-time assistant coach and football legend Ray Wilkins...

"I have the voice of Ray Wilkins, who was such a brilliant man to me, in my mind.

"He missed playing every day after he retired and he told me, 'John, play as long as you can, don't close that door until you have to'."

On giving 100 per cent...

"When I look back, I don't see myself as the most talented player ever but I am a winner. I see someone who went in and gave 100 per cent every day, with Chelsea and Villa."


On Jack Grealish...

"Jack will be a big, big player. I hope Villa can come up and he gets his chance in the Premier League that way.

"Right now he's in the right place. I think he will become a top Premier League star and an England international.

"He reminds me of Gazza, with his balance and his skill, the way he receives the ball and drives at defenders.

"He is looking after himself off the pitch as well. He's a great lad.

"He eats the right way and got the chef on board at the training ground. He was cooking for Jack there as well as sending him home with the right food.

"That will serve him well. He's an ambitious boy who will go right to the top if he continues doing the right thing."

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 8th September 2018