John Terry has reflected back on the day Sir Alex Ferguson tried to convince him to sign for Manchester United.
In a post on social media website Instagram, Terry is seen with his family alongside Ferguson and the Premier League trophy.
The image was captioned: “Flashback to a young 14 year old JT. Who would have thought I would go onto win 4 Premier Leagues and 5 FA Cups. I have so much respect for Sir Alex Ferguson and will never forget what he done for me and my family.”
Terry grew up as a United fan thanks to his father and grandfather being supporters of the club, and was very close to signing for them till Chelsea came calling.
Back then, the Englishman played as a holding midfielder and was being tracked by Sir Alex, who was building the future of United with the famed class of ’92 still bursting on to the scene.
It was the 1994-95 season and Terry was still only 14 when the legendary Scotsman invited him to watch a couple of games and have lunch with the players. However, Sir Alex was unsuccessful in his attempts to sign the defender, who instead went on to have an incredibly successful career with Chelsea, also winning 78 England caps in the process.
In an interview with The Observer in 2006, the Chelsea captain remembered the time Sir Alex came calling fondly.
“I was a Man United fan growing up,” he said. “You know what it’s like when you’re a boy, you want to support the team that’s winning everything. And my dad and granddad were Man United fans.
“But my first day at Chelsea I knew that was the club I wanted to be at. I just loved it. But Man United also approached me.
“I met Alex Ferguson – great to meet. During the school holidays I would go up to Manchester and train with their boys for two weeks, play a few games and come home.
“But one thing that was really special about Man United was that Alex Ferguson took time out and invited me to one of their games and to have lunch with their players.
“So there we are – me, my mum and dad, my brother. He made me feel so special, autographs, my photo done with the Premiership trophy.
“I think it was hard for my dad to take that I was going to sign for Chelsea, but I had to sit him down and tell him it was definitely the right decision.”