Kalidou Koulibaly, a newcomer at Chelsea who recently signed a £34 million deal, called the club’s previous captain to request permission to wear the historic No. 26 shirt. John Terry, a club legend, granted Koulibaly’s request.
There is a video of Kalidou Koulibaly, Chelsea’s new signing, phoning John Terry to request permission to wear the Blues’ illustrious No. 26 shirt.
Koulibaly wore the same number when playing for Naples and wanted to keep it after moving to Chelsea. Koulibaly joined Chelsea from Napoli last month in a £34 million move.
Koulibaly felt it necessary to phone Terry, the former club captain, to obtain permission to wear the number because it has such significance at Chelsea and because Terry had worn it during his time as a first-team player at the club.
Terry replied by endorsing the defender, ostensibly so that supporters wouldn’t have to purchase another shirt with his name on the back. Terry wore the number throughout his career.
When Koulibaly called Terry, he said that the number 26 was extremely important to him and that he appreciated the call and the request. Terry added that it would be a complete pleasure for him if Koulibaly took the call.
Koulibly call was really important to Terry, so he went ahead and wished him well. Because Terry had already noticed Koulibly donning the number 26, he referred to the Senegalese as his “friend.”
After expressing his gratitude to Terry, Koulibaly commented that the shirt would be “heavy” for him to wear. Terry then joked, “No pressure,” and urged Koulibaly to continue helping the west London team win championships.
The defender would “realize the importance of the shirt number,” according to Jorginho, Koulibaly’s former colleague when they were both playing for Naples, and he also claimed that the two players had previously made jokes about reuniting on the field.