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Chelsea legend John Terry, paid tribute to Ray Wilkins who passed away yesterday.

In particular, Terry remembered the time he was a young player and Wilkins spoke very often with him.

Ray was such a great man,” the former Blues centre-back told TalkSport“I was 16 or 17, standing there cleaning my boots and cleaning my pro’s boots, and he’d come and say to me, ‘JT, come on fella, get your boots on’. He would say to me that I need to work on my left foot, I need to work on this…You look at the world class players he played with, I was always asking him questions about them, all us young players used to sit there picking his brains and he always had so much time. I was a young player, I was nothing, but he had so much time for myself and the other young players to pass on his education of the game and his experiences in football. I will always remember him saying to me: ‘JT, why have two touches when one will do? Get it and give it to the midfielder. They’re the proper players, son, you’re a defender for a reason’! He would pick players up after defeat. As individuals, if you were going through a difficult time on and off the field, he’d be the first one to pull you into the office or put an arm around your shoulder or call you and make sure everything was ok. It wasn’t just the first-team players, it was the staff as well, he treated everybody exactly the same. He made everyone feel special.”

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Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins died today following a cardiac arrest at the age of 61.

Wilkins had been treated in St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, since last Friday.

An officialstatement from Chelsea read:

“Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed.”

Wilkins was a regular pundit on on talkSPORT and Sky Sports and had worked there shortly before suffering the cardiac arrest, and was taken to St George’s Hospital on Friday.

In a club career of almost 700 appearances, he played for 11 clubs in total, including Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris St Germain, QPR ( twice) Millwall, Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient. He was capped 84 times by England and sent off in the 1986 World Cup.

As assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, he played a part in Chelsea’s first Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010, leading to the Italian describing Wilkins as “a real blue-blood” in his autobiography.

After leaving Stamford Bridge, Wilkins worked on the coaching staff at Fulham and Aston Villa and also managed the Jordan national team before latterly moving into TV work.

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Nemanja Matic move from Chelsea to Manchester United is still a topic of discussion and former Blues player Ray Wilkins believes the London club made a big mistake.

“It’s the worst I’ve ever seen, if I can say. I cannot see that for the life of me. You’ve got a guy here who was so paramount to Chelsea along with Kante in the middle of the pitch, winning the championship with Chelsea the year before and all of a sudden you’ve sold him to one of or the biggest rival we have” – Wilkins told Metro “I say we because I am a Chelsea supporter so I’m speaking from the heart when I speak. I just could not see that for the life of me, why would we let Nemanja go there? He’s been outstanding for us and you’ve seen in the short period that he’s been there how he’s allowed Pogba to basically do what he wants. I just couldn’t see that piece of business at all.”


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Former Chelsea player Ray Wilkins urges Danny Drinkwater to avoid a move to Chelsea in order to get more playing time at Leicester City or somewhere else.

The England international is trying to force a move to Stamford Bridge on this deadline day, but the two clubs are still far from a fee agreement.

“Danny has done really well for Leicester over the last couple of years. The important thing for him is to play,” Wilkins told talkSPORT.

“Tiemoue Bakayoko cost £40m this summer, N’Golo Kante is a player everybody loves and with Cesc Fabregas there as well, is Danny Drinkwater going to get a game? If I was Danny, I’d be somewhere I could play, personally.”


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According to former Chelsea player Ray Wilkins, the Blues will make a mistake if they sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.

“I was really ­disappointed to read they are ­looking at ­Bakayoko from Monaco”. – Wilkins told talkSPORT – “He is 22, French and doesn’t get near the national side, but it was quoted Chelsea might be paying £32m. “In Nathaniel Chalobah they have a footballer who can play exactly the same but just needs an opportunity. You’ve seen ­already in the two games he’s played he looks a class act in and among people of his own age. Playing with the top ­quality players they have at Chelsea, he can only ­improve week to week.”

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Eden Hazard like Lionel Messi? Many people seem to believe this, especially after the Belgian striker’s goal vs Tottenham at Wembley.

Cesc Fabregas praised his team-mate a couple of days ago, and now it’s Ray Wilkins who compares Hazard to the Barcelona player: “I think he’s a bit off him but not a huge amount. – Wilkins said – “He’s such a talented young man, he can go both sides and is very quick off the mark. They do resemble each other a hell of a lot, I have to say. When put through on goal, he doesn’t often miss. He’s a good goalscorer Hazard”.

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Ray Wilkins believes West Ham United should sign Chelsea star John Terry following his decision to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

The former Chelsea player believes Terry won’t accept a move to Chinese Super League or Major League Soccer and West Ham may be a possible destination.

Wilkins told Talksport radio: “No one has mentioned West Ham. They have been conceding goals left, right and centre and John being an East End boy, that might be a nice fit, but whether he’d go to another London club is another question.”

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has praised John Terry recently as “there aren’t many leaders like him”.

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Chelsea are at the top of Premier League now and they prepare to return to the Champions League next season.

Rumours are spreading about new players Antonio Conte and The Blues want to sign, but, according to Ray Wilkins not a lot of additions are needed to be competitive.

“It will be very interesting, I’m sure Antonio will have a few names up his sleeve that he would like to bring in. Defensively they have spoken about bringing added players in”. – the former Chelsea player and manager says -“But at this moment in time they just need a few additions to keep themselves bubbling along. They are all young enough and they all look absolutely superb at the moment.”


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Ray Wilkins told Premier League Daily that former Chelsea manager José Mourinho should have deserved more respect from his former fans as the Special One returned to Stamford Bridge last time out.

I just wish our Chelsea supporters, and I’m a Chelsea supporter, showed a little bit more class to Jose Mourinho, – Wilkins claimed – People will naturally be thinking: ‘Hang on a second he was demonstrating stuff on the touchline against Chelsea’. Well yes he was but now he’s employed by Manchester United. Chelsea relieved him of his post”.

“If we actually remember what he’s done for our club, and I say our club because I’ve been a Chelsea man since I was 10 and a half, he’s worked miracles there”.

Then he added. “He’s a good bloke but he’s a football man, he wants his club to win. I just thought the other night against Manchester United they didn’t show him the respect he merits.

Wilkins agrees with Mourinho that ‘Jose will be number one until somebody wins as many trophies as Jose’.

When asked about the altercation between the Portuguese and Antonio Conte, he added: “When you’ve got two coaches on the sideline that have so much passion then you’re going to have a little confrontation.

“You could have said Conte was disrespectful to Jose. It was just a conflict of interests, they just had a row and these things happen.”


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