Antonio Conte hails ex-Chelsea skipper John Terry.

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

John Terry's professionalism was vital to Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.

Kurt Zouma of Chelsea, John Terry of Chelsea and Nathan Ake of Chelsea pose with the Premier League Trophy. [Getty]

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte says it was a great privilege to manage 'a Chelsea legend like John Terry'. The Nerazzurri head-coach led the Blues to Premier League glory in his first season in the English top-flight, the same season Terry left for Aston Villa - who were in the EFL Championship at the time.

The 2016-17 Premier League title was the Blues legend's fifth and last trophy he lifted at Stamford Bridge. However, the Italian has thanked the former England skipper, who was easy to phase out of the Chelsea side because of his top professionalism. "It was a great privilege for me to be the coach of a Chelsea legend like John Terry," Conte told Sky Sports.


More: Pulisic ready for Chelsea when Premier League returns. "We are talking about a top man, a really good man and then a top player. He helped me a lot in my first season in and out of the pitch. "He was very important in the training ground, during the sessions to keep the concentration standards high." In Terry's last game for the west London side, he was substituted just after 26 minutes and was given a send-off in front of the home fans at Stamford Bridge. Conte said: "He decided he wanted this because 26 was his squad number and for me it was a pleasure to give him this opportunity. "I will never be able to thank him enough. He was very important for me and our team."


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