JOHN Terry is on the verge of a comeback in the FA Cup 5th round against Wolves, but this week he took time out to heap enormous praise on Chelsea legend Kerry Dixon ahead of the former striker’s ‘Legends Lives’ story to be premiered at the Sanctum Soho hotel.
In an exclusive interview for the Dixon documentary, filmed by Chelsea TV, he talked of the enormous influence that Dixon has had with the club’s history but also on his own development and progression through the ranks at the Bridge.
Terry says: “Even when I was coming through, he was a big legend at the football club. A fabulous ambassador for the football club as well with what he achieved in terms of his great goalscoring record.
“He is a great man as well in the way he was somebody who welcomed me when I was coming through the ranks, and he continued to be a big part of that when I was developing.
“Its still great to see him around the club as well.”
The 36-year-old Terry, who is likely to be a legend himself shortly when he follows Frank Lamaprd into retirement, missed Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Turf Moor against Burnley last weekend after picking up an ankle injury in a training session leading up to the game.
The former England captain has recovered as Antonio Conte considers starting him at Wolves. Conte has used Terry sparingly with the centre-back starting three games since September; against West Ham in the EFL Cup and in both previous rounds of the FA Cup against Peterborough and Brentford.
Conte is likely to turn to Terry to rest David Luiz, who has been dealing with a knee problem since December.
Terry has so far rejected lucrative offers from three different clubs in America to join them ahead of the new season, which starts next month; LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and Orlando City. He wants to see out the remainder of his year long deal at the Bridge to win his fifth league title with the club.
He becomes a free agent in the summer and Terry has spoken to close friend and former teammate Frank Lampard about life in the MLS. Lampard spent two seasons with New York City FC before announcing his retirement earlier this month.
Now Lampard has become a ‘legend’ havingquit, Terry admits he is not far from beinga ‘legend’ himself. Dixon is one of the clubs all-time legends,
In the new film series “Legends Lives – Kerry Dixon”, screened in London in two weeks, the former England and Chelsea legend says: “I spent nine years at the club and maybe that also had something to do with why the fans relate to me, and when you look up north at Gerrard and Carragher, and Gary Neville and Ryan Gigggs, we also have with JT, Lampard and Drogba.
“When you look at people who devote the majority of their playing lives to one club they will often have a special relationship with their fans.”
The Dixon film of his remarkable life story will be screened at the Sanctum Soho with several big name legends attending to support him in his continuing rehabilitation.
- The red carpet film premiere on March 3 @The Sanctum Soho, with a 5-course Chelsea themed meal, has been sold out. There are just a handful of tickets left for March 10 and due to popular demand a third and final date at the Sanctum has been booked for March 17. To purchase tickets go to midnightproductions.co.uk
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