The Chelsea captain John Terry says he is always looking to improve his game, and he thinks that Carlo Ancelotti can help him by telling him the secrets of Paolo Maldini’s success at AC Milan.
Maldini had an amazing career at Milan and last season still managed 30 appearances for the club, despite being 40 years-old. He played in an amazing 900 games for his club, and 126 times for Italy.
He also appeared in a record EIGHT Champions League Finals and was on the winning side five times.
Ancelotti believes there are many similarities between the two: “The careers of John and Paolo are very close in comparison,” he said. “Not just in terms of their style of play, but in their professionalism.
“I can see John going on as long as Maldini. He has no physical problems, a lot of passion, and this is the most important thing to continue to 39 or 40 years.”
Terry says that is always asking Ancelotti about Maldini, in the hope that he can learn something from the way he acted at Milan.
“I have spoken to my manager a few times about Maldini and what he did, the way he worked, his relationship with the other players,” Terry said.
“I am always looking to learn and improve, and when a manager such as Ancelotti comes in, I think I can learn an awful lot from him because he has played and managed at the highest level.
“So while we have had some hard times, with managers coming and going, I can always look at it as a chance to get my learning cap on when a new man comes in. And I can do that by talking to him about the players he has worked with.”
John Terry is already a Chelsea legend, and if he can keep going for another ten years he may even break some of Maldini’s records!
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