Former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben has revealed the crucial role played by John Terry in the dressing room during his spell at Stamford Bridge in a piece for The Player’s Tribune.
Robben arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004 and played alongside Terry for three years, winning back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 & 2006 under the management of Jose Mourinho.
Ten years after leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid, the Dutch international has spoken out about the importance of his former Chelsea captain in a letter to his 16-year-old self for The Player’s Tribune.
“A lot of the guys who have been at the club for a while will look out for you, but there will be no one more important — not only for you, but for everyone — than John Terry,” Robben wrote for a piece in The Player’s Tribune.
The Dutch international has enjoyed spells at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich since leaving Chelsea but still has fond memories of his time with the Blues. In particular, the tricky winger holds former Chelsea captain’s dedication to his club in very high regards.
“What can a Dutch winger learn from an English centre back? Everything,” Robben asks himself during the letter published in The Player’s Tribune.
“Learn as much from him as you can. How he gives everything for the club. How he gives everything for the team — from the first to the last minute. Out there, he’s taking care of every team member. And he does the same off the pitch as well.”