Chelsea legend John Terry helped shape West Ham’s star career Declan Rice with an amazing 45-minute phone call

DECLAN RICE has revealed how a phone call from Chelsea legend John Terry during his darkest moment helped turn him into one of the Premier League’s best midfielders.

The West Ham star, now 23, has once again put himself on the blues radar with a string of fantastic performances at the London Stadium – which have also earned him international fame.

    Declan Rice revealed how John Terry took the time to call him to advise him after Chelsea released him

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Declan Rice revealed how John Terry took the time to call him to advise him after Chelsea released himCredit: PA: Press Association

But things looked bleak for the England international in 2014 when he was awarded the boot by the Blues after training with them as a student.

And in a moment of desperate need for a teenager, club legend Terry reaches out to the future star he worshiped as a child.

“John was talking to the parents and taking the time to get to know the young players and families,” Rice told The Times in 2018.

“I based my entire game on John when I was younger. When Chelsea released me he called me for 45 minutes and I remember I was sitting in my room next to my dad.

“It was John Terry – I couldn’t believe it.

“He handed over all his experience and advice. He said never stop, always keep working hard and give your all.

“I stayed in my head, and look where I am now. There is no distant dream.

“I last met John for breakfast for two hours with my cousin about six months ago. Sometimes I text him, like when he retired and he replied ‘Thanks my friend, it’s your time now.'”

Rice finally got his chance after impressing him during a trial at West Ham, and is now David Moyes’ captain.

The offers by the former Chelsea academy star to the East Londoners saw him become a regular player for Gareth Southgate’s England side.

In just three years, Rice played 32 matches for the Three Lions and scored two goals.

Rice’s dominance at the heart of the Hammers midfield made him attack the interest of Chelsea’s rivals for the Premier League title.

It is understood that both Manchester City and Manchester United are interested in acquiring his services, but any deal would likely cost more than £100m.

    Terry spent 45 minutes on the phone with Rice after Chelsea expelled him as a schoolboy

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Terry spent 45 minutes on the phone with Rice after Chelsea expelled him as a schoolboyCredit: Reuters

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