Chelsea legend John Terry bought a former team-mate a holiday and paid for driving lessons for youth stars
Former Blues player Sam Tillen spills the beans on the caring side to ex-England captain
By Toby Gannon
19th May 2017,7:31 pm
Updated: 20th May 2017,7:08 pm
John Terry paid for his former Chelsea team-mate to go on an all expenses paid holiday to “anywhere in the world”.
Ex-Blues player Sam Tillen has revealed the club legend – who is leaving this summer – made the generous offer to lift his spirits while he was injured.
Tillen tore his ACL on his return from an 11 month spell on the sidelines following a stress fracture in his back, ruling him out for another six months.
He told the Evening Standard: “John became aware of it and insisted on me going away on holiday, to help me after having such a tough time. He told me to choose anywhere in the world.
“I picked Seville at first but he insisted that I should aim far higher. In the end, I went to Tobago with my mother, all expenses paid, and it was a holiday of a lifetime.
“Before I left, he called me into the dressing room and gave me an extra £100 spending money. I refused but he wouldn’t let me leave until I took it.”
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Tillen, who left Stamford Bridge in 2005 after three seasons and is now a youth coach at Icelandic team Fimleikafelag Hafnarfjaroar, also told how Terry funded driving lessons for a number of youngsters at the club.
He added: "John paid for the driving lessons for all the youth players in his age group because he knew that their first contract was worth only about £80 a week back then."
Terry and the rest of his Chelsea team-mates trained today ahead of their Premier League finale against Sunderland on Sunday.
The ex-England captain will lift the trophy in front of the Stamford Bridge faithful to mark the end of his 19-year Blues career.
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