John Terry told ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to leave him out of squad for entire final season to give Ake a chance – The Sun

JOHN TERRY has revealed he told Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to leave him out of the squad for entirety of his final season – in order to give Nathan Ake a chance.

JT was itching to see the Dutch youngster, 21 at the start of the 2016-17 campaign, given a chance at Stamford Bridge, even if it meant sacrificing his own minutes.

Speaking with snooker legend Stephen Hendry on an Instagram Live Q&A, Terry revealed he told Conte to give Ake the senior match-day experience, even if it was watching from the bench.

But Ake only played four times all season and was sold to Bournemouth in the summer after Terry's retirement, having spent the first half of the season on loan on the South Coast.

Chelsea did go on to win the Premier League that season, with a back-three of Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill.

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