John Terry has revealed Jose Mourinho asked his Chelsea players to tap up Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard while he was in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Gerrard, widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, was strongly linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer of 2005.
Mourinho was enjoying his first spell at Chelsea during that time and asked his players to speak to Gerrard about a move to west London.
Asked about Chelsea’s interest in Gerrard, former Blues captain Terry told Sky Sports: ‘Of course, he was one of the best players in the world at the time.
‘Kind of doing everything possible with Liverpool.
‘Mourinho expressed his interest to the England players [at Chelsea] and said could we have a quiet word with Stevie, which we did.
‘He literally said from day one he didn’t want to go. But I think at the end he kind of got turned, like he said recently.
‘He was one of the best players in the world at the time, so 100 per cent he would’ve made us stronger and a better side than we were.’
Gerrard ended up staying at Anfield and would spend another ten years at his boyhood club, amassing more than 700 appearances and establishing himself as the greatest Liverpool player in history.
Since hanging up his boots, former England star Gerrard has entered the world of football management, impressing at Scottish club Rangers.
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