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John Terry was my idol! - Nagelsmann

Mon 18 October 2021 | 13:38

The former Chelsea and England captain has had a huge impact on the German manager.

Bayern Munich

coach Julian Nagelsmann claims that John Terry was his role model when he was trying to find his way into coaching.

The young German coach had an outstanding performance during his short coaching career, achieving excellent results with Hoffenheim and Leipzig until he was finally selected as Bayern Munich's head coach in the summer. He was not a very successful footballer and was forced to retire at the age of 20 due to injury. Now he claims that John Terry has had a great impact on his creative mind.

He told

The Times

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"John Terry. It was crazy, because when I was a youth player I played with [close friend] Christian Trasch. I called him Patrick - Patrick Vieira - because he played No 6 and he called me John Terry, ‘Johnny’.

"In those days, Terry was one of the best central defenders - I think there was one season he did not lose one duel. He was brave with his head. I was good with my feet but better with my head, and there were some similarities, he was kind of a role model.”

“I talked to him for about three minutes and explained to him that I was John Terry in the early days as wellI had to explain the situation, as he looked [at me] weird."

The German added on the possibilty of him leaving the Bundesliga:

"First of all, I started a new [five-year] contract with Bayern Munich and I hope I can stay here for a lot of years because I love the club and love the city.

"I hope to be successful, so the club should give me a new contract for five years more. I do not have to leave Germany because I’m happy with the Bundesliga and happy to be manager of the biggest club in Germany.

"In the end, if I do not go to a foreign club and another country, I am still a happy man, you know. It’s not necessary."

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