Phil Thompson has revealed that John Terry as soon as ‘shook palms’ with the late Gerard Houllier over a switch to Liverpool.
Thompson, who was Houllier’s assistant from 1998-2004 at Anfield, claims that the French boss hatched a plan to signal the defender when Chelsea have been in monetary turmoil in 2003.
Terry was one of the vital promising kids at Stamford Bridge, however membership hierarchy have been reluctant to supply him a brand new deal as a consequence of their dire monetary scenario on the time.
And along with his contract set to run out on the finish of the 2002/03 season, Houllier approached Terry over signing him on the finish of their match in west London.
“One of many strangest transfers that just about occurred was John Terry coming to Liverpool,” Thompson informed Paddy Energy’s From The Horse’s Mouth podcast.
“Within the remaining recreation of the 2002/03 season it was like a play-off to get within the Champions League once we performed Chelsea away.
“They beat us down at Stamford Bridge simply earlier than Roman Abramovich got here to city, however we’d heard Chelsea have been in dire straits financially.
“They weren’t going to supply Frank Lampard a contract, or John Terry.
“After the sport Gerard Houllier stated to me, ‘He’s (Terry) a little bit of a participant, isn’t he?’ and I replied ‘he’s an awesome participant John Terry. He’s not the quickest, however he reads the sport fantastically nicely.’
“I additionally informed Gerard that I didn’t consider Chelsea had supplied him a contract but. So, because the Chelsea gamers have been strolling across the pitch for the standard lap of honour, Gerard went to shake John’s hand and requested him, ‘how would you prefer to play for Liverpool?’
“Terry replied, ‘I’d like to Mr Houllier. I’d like to.’ Gerard informed him he’d be in contact and we went into the dressing room. Whereas we have been in there and he informed me what had occurred, I stated, ‘Gerard, we’ve received to get his agent’s quantity and do that fast.’
“So we despatched one in all our coaches to the gamers’ lounge to see John and stated to him, ‘I consider you had a phrase with Gerard Houllier, can we’ve your agent’s identify and telephone quantity please?’ Terry stated he’d do higher than that and dealt with him his private telephone quantity.
“A few weeks later that summer time Abramovich took over Chelsea and his first dealings have been to enroll John Terry and Frank Lampard on massive contracts. We have been so near getting him although.”
Terry is Chelsea’s most embellished participant of all time, having received 4 Premier Leagues, 5 FA Cups and three League Cups.
The Blues icon, who’s presently Dean Smith’s assistant at Aston Villa, additionally has Champions League and Europa League medals to his identify.