John Terry reveals classy reason why he kept number 26 shirt at Chelsea

Chelsea legend John Terry has revealed he kept the number 26 throughout his career so fans wouldn’t have to buy another shirt.

The former captain wore the obscure number for his entire Blues career after breaking into the first team in 1998 aged just 17.

During a glittering career spanning 19 seasons until 2017, he rejected the opportunity to switch to a more traditional centre-back number.

Terry is considered one of the greatest Chelsea players of all time, and his explanation why he kept the number for all those years will only further endear him to Blues fans.

“When I broke into the first team at Chelsea that was my number and I had seen some fans with my name and number on their shirts,” Terry wrote on Instagram.

“I didn’t want them paying out for another shirt.”

The former defender, now assistant manager at Aston Villa, also gave a cheeky response when trolled by a Tottenham fan during the Q&A with his followers.

The anonymous Spurs supporter refrained from asking an actual question and instead wrote: “Tottenham Hotspur forever.”

Terry simply responded with two emojis – the ‘trophy’ and the ‘eyes.’

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