Kalidou Koulibaly has posted a video on social media of him calling Chelsea legend John Terry to ask if he may put on his iconic quantity 26 shirt for the membership.
Terry gained 17 honours with the Blues – 16 of which got here as captain – throughout a glittering 19-year spell along with his boyhood membership.
However since he left for Aston Villa in 2017, Chelsea’s quantity 26 has remained vacant. Koulibaly, who joined final month from Napoli the place he wore the 26 shirt, has revealed a telephone name with Terry asking if he may inherit it full-time.
“Sorry for my English, my English will not be so good, I wish to do my finest,” Koulibaly started earlier than being assured by Terry that his fluency was the truth is ‘superb’.
“John, I wished to ask you one thing as a result of you understand I performed with 26 at Napoli, and I see because you left the membership no person has taken 26. I do not know for those who retired it or if no person wished to take it, however I wished to ask you if it was attainable for me to take it.”
Terry replied: “The quantity 26 was very particular to me and I actually respect you calling, and it is no drawback for me so that you can take it. Absolute pleasure. I want you nicely as a result of I understand how vital the quantity was to me, and clearly to see you put on 26 as nicely, my pleasure mate. I am going to provide the 26.”
Koulibaly thanked Terry and insisted it should nonetheless be a ‘heavy shirt’ to put on, earlier than the previous Chelsea captain urged him to hold on the membership’s custom of profitable trophies.