Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says that John Terry handed him a handwritten letter from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho before leaving for LA Galaxy in the summer.
The 35-year-old ended a 26-year association with the Reds to wind down his career in the MLS. He built a reputation as one of the world’s finest players and became someone Mourinho chased a number of times.
Most famously, Gerrard almost joined the Portuguese at Chelsea in his first spell in 2005, but also attempted to sign him at both Inter and Real Madrid.
The Portuguese mastermind and the iconic midfielder share a lot of mutual respect and the letter just reflects Mourinho’s respect for the veteran.
The playmaker says he would have had a great working relationship with Mourinho, and wished he’d managed Liverpool at some stage.
Gerrard said: “On March 29 this year, after a charity game at Anfield, John Terry handed me a handwritten letter, on Chelsea notepaper, from Mourinho to me, Gerrard said.
The playmaker revealed the letter to the Mail: “Dear Steve,
“I know this isn’t yet over but first of all I want to congratulate you for the fantastic career at your heart club.
“Secondly, I want to let you know my feeling of how sorry I am, for never seeing your work.
“Thirdly, enjoy the day with your friends and family and your stadium, your fans, your memories. Fourthly, the most important thing, ‘Be happy every day of your life with the smile of your kids!’
Mourinho has stated his public admiration for the legend many times and the 35-year-old former English captain said that Mourinho and Liverpool were perfect match for each other.
After leaving Anfield at the end of last season, Gerrard moved to Los Angeles Galaxy, where the 25-year-old has made eight outings, scoring one goal and contributing three assists to date.