According to mail online 34 year-old veteran center-back John Terry is fine with taking criticism from former teammates and world class athletes, but says he won’t have it from former professionals that “haven’t had a career”.
Specifically Terry’s comments lash out at Robbie Savage who he thinks has no place with the other pundits who have called Terry’s number in 2015 for Chelsea’s lackluster defense.
“I’ve come under criticism individually from certain players, individuals I’ve looked up to and played alongside,” Terry said during his press conference.
“I’ll take that on the chin 100 per cent from the likes of Rio, Carra and Neville, we’re talking about the very best I’ve come across in the game.”
“When certain other people speak, maybe not, maybe I don’t listen or take it on the chin from players who haven’t had a career or have played at a really bad level and then come for me after what I’ve achieved in my career, Robbie Savage being one.”
“He’s done it a couple of times. I’ll take it all day long from the very best but other people, nah.”
Terry has a point. Savage’s career doesn’t hold a candle to Terry’s. The Englishman has raked in over 35 individual and club honors to Savage’s 2. Terry even has more career goals as a center back than Savage could manage as a midfielder.
Terry’s comments are most likely a response to Savage’s criticism in August of Terry, writing in his column that the Chelsea captain’s time has started to come to an end,
“When you’re on the way out, the first thing that goes is your legs; then it’s the mental agility, and ability to read dangerous situations instead of being pulled out of position.”
Terry apparently isn’t interested in the analysis from those he deems as lesser talents. It isn’t surprising that the 34 year old is going to play until he’s decided he’s done.
It’s what has made him a great center-back, captain, and Chelsea figure head for all these years.