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Kalidou Koulibaly reveals John Terry HUNG UP on him when he called him to ask to wear Chelsea No 26

Kalidou Koulibaly revealed a disbelieving John Terry initially hung up on him when he referred to as the Chelsea legend for permission to inherit his previous shirt quantity.

The No 26 has significance to £34million summer season signing Koulibaly in addition to Terry, with it being his previous Napoli quantity but in addition the Senegal captain and his spouse Charline Oudenot being born on the identical day – June 20 – in the identical hospital in France.

The video of a nervous Koulibaly asking Terry if he may tackle the shirt that had been unoccupied because the latter’s departure in 2017 surfaced on social media this week and he mentioned: ‘To start with, he did not consider it was me. He thought it was a joke so he put down the telephone and referred to as the workforce supervisor to ask if it was actually me.

John Terry hung up on Kalidou Koulibaly (above) when he asked to wear his No 26 shirt

John Terry hung up on Kalidou Koulibaly (above) when he requested to put on his No 26 shirt

Koulibaly phoned club legend Terry to ask for his blessing to wear his iconic No 26 shirt

Koulibaly phoned membership legend Terry to ask for his blessing to put on his iconic No 26 shirt

The No 26 has significance to £34m summer signing Koulibaly as well as Chelsea legend Terry

The No 26 has significance to £34m summer season signing Koulibaly in addition to Chelsea legend Terry

‘After I requested him respectfully that I needed to take his quantity – and I do know it was for him an important quantity – nevertheless it is a vital quantity for me as a result of I took it immediately after I went to Napoli and I needed to maintain it right here at Chelsea. When he advised me sure, I used to be actually pleased as a result of I do know what he did for the membership, the supporters, and the town right here.

‘It was crucial for me to ask him and he gave me his reply. I used to be pleased and I needed to inform everyone that I requested him earlier than as a result of I do not need to be disrespectful to a legend of the membership.’

Had issues developed in another way, Koulibaly, 31, and Terry may have been Chelsea team-mates earlier than the latter left.

‘I spoke with [former Chelsea manager Antonio] Conte in Roma – he needed me after my first good 12 months in Napoli,’ Koulibaly defined.

The Senegalese defender wore the number at Napoli and wished to continue in it at Chelsea

The Senegalese defender wore the quantity at Napoli and wished to proceed in it at Chelsea

It is also signficant because the Senegal captain and his wife Charline Oudenot were born on the same day - June 20 - in the same hospital in France

It’s also signficant as a result of the Senegal captain and his spouse Charline Oudenot have been born on the identical day – June 20 – in the identical hospital in France

‘I had three or 4 years left on my contract with Napoli and I do not prefer to combat with my proprietor, with my supporters to go away.

‘I requested respectfully to the proprietor that I needed to go away for Chelsea however he advised me that it would not be potential.

‘So I waited a bit and continued my dialog with them however they actually did not need me to go away the membership so I made a decision to resume my contract to remain in Napoli.’

Such are the hyperlinks between Koulibaly and Chelsea it’s becoming that he has lastly ended up at Stamford Bridge.

Koulibaly revealed he spoke with Antonio Conte about joining Chelsea when he was at Napoli

Koulibaly revealed he spoke with Antonio Conte about becoming a member of Chelsea when he was at Napoli

His brother Koulibaly Abdoulaye is a boyhood Blue who made him watch Chelsea video games rising up, with the Didier Drogba period and his 2012 Champions League-winning penalty among the many moments etched in his thoughts.

He shares a mutual good friend again in Italy with Blues legend Gianfranco Zola who helped join him with Terry and likewise answered all of the inquisitive Koulibaly’s questions as he gave him a historical past lesson on Chelsea.

Koulibaly considers Chelsea goalkeeper and Senegal team-mate Edouard Mendy ‘a brother’ and with Jorginho, who he performed with at Napoli, now at Chelsea ‘I had double stress on me. However it was not unhealthy, it was pleasant.’

He has needed to be affected person however now after years of hyperlinks, additionally with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis, Koulibaly has lastly obtained his want of a transfer to England.

Koulibaly, who revealed he obtained textual content messages congratulating him on his selection from ‘legends’ Drogba, Zola, Terry and countryman and ex-Chelsea striker Demba Ba, mentioned: ‘I’m actually pleased and grateful to them and need to present them that I’ll give every thing for this membership and perhaps someday be a part of them.

Koulibaly considers Chelsea goalkeeper and Senegal team-mate Edouard Mendy 'a brother'

Koulibaly considers Chelsea goalkeeper and Senegal team-mate Edouard Mendy ‘a brother’

‘It was a bit exhausting to say no to the Premier League [previously when Chelsea asked] as a result of it was my dream to play within the Premier League since I used to be a baby. However I knew that someday it could occur and I am pleased that it had.

‘I by no means stopped believing. That is most essential. Some desires occur. My dream with my nationwide workforce was to win the primary AFCON and we did it. So, for me, you by no means should cease believing. 

‘In the event you consider so sturdy afterwards it may well occur. I knew everyone was considering I might by no means come to Premier League, by no means play for no person else than Napoli however I make my selection with my household and mates and the folks that love me and I determine and thought that is the great time to come back to Premier League.

‘I’ve the expertise, I be taught quite a bit in Italy and now I’ve to be taught once more in Premier League. I’m very excited.

‘I’m pleased to signal for Chelsea as we speak and to proceed to play with [the colour] blue. I’m pleased and the ornament for my home is healthier!’

Koulibaly revealed he received a text message from Didier Drogba congratulating him on move

Koulibaly revealed he obtained a textual content message from Didier Drogba congratulating him on transfer

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