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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

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.

Chelsea legend John Terry did his best to make sure the club's youngsters were happy

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John Terry did his best to make sure Chelsea’s youngsters were happy

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.”

Sam Tillen played for Chelsea between 2002-05 and was helped out by John Terry

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Sam Tillen played for Chelsea between 2002-05 and was helped out by John Terry

Chelsea players train ahead of their Premier League finale against Sunderland

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Chelsea players train ahead of their Premier League finale against Sunderland

Chelsea legend John Terry scores up one end then gives away a goal at the other
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.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard celebrates during training at Cobham

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard celebrates during training at Cobham

Bournemouth targets Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake are put through their paces during Chelsea training

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Bournemouth targets Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake are put through their paces during Chelsea training
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