Declan Rice reveals John Terry’s call after Chelsea axe helped keep career alive

DECLAN RICE revealed how a phone call from Chelsea legend John Terry during his darkest moment helped turn him into one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.

The West Ham star, 22, has put himself back on the Bluesradar with a string of impressive performances at the London Stadiumwhich have also earned him international recognition.

 Declan Rice has revealed how John Terry took the time to call him with advice after he was released by Chelsea

Declan Rice has revealed how John Terry took the time to call him with advice after he was released by ChelseaCrédito: PA:Press Association

But things looked bleak for the England international in 2014 when he was given the boot by the Blues after having trained with them as a schoolboy.

And in the crestfallen teenager’s moment of need, club legend Terry reached out to the future star who had idolised him as a child.

Rice told the Times no 2018: “John would speak to the parents and take his time to get to know young players and families. For a club captain to do that is quality.

I based my whole game on John when I was younger. When I was released by Chelsea he called for 45 minutes and I remember I was sat in my room next to my dad.

It was John TerryI could not believe it.

He handed over all his experience and advice. He said to never stop, always keep working hard and give everything you have.

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It stayed in my head, and look where I am now. No dream is far away.

I last met John for a two-hour breakfast with my cousin about six months ago. Sometimes I text him, like when he retired and he replied ‘Thanks mate, it is your time now.'

Rice finally got his chance after impressing during a trial at West Ham, and is now skipper of David Moyes’ lado.

The former Chelsea academy star’s displays for the east Londoners have seen him become a perennial starter for Gareth Southgate’s England side.

In just three years, Rice has made 25 appearances for the Three Lions and scored two goals.

Rice’s dominance in the heart of the Hammersmidfield has also seen him attack the interest of Chelsea’s Premier League title rivals.

Both Manchester City and Manchester United are understood to be interested in acquiring his services, which would cost him a minimum of £80million.

 Terry spent 45 minutes on the phone to Rice after he was axed by Chelsea as a schoolboy

Terry spent 45 minutes on the phone to Rice after he was axed by Chelsea as a schoolboyCrédito: Reuters

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