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Aston Villa captain Terry: Mourinho motivated me during Rafa axe

Aston Villa captain John Terry is adamant his relationship with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is rock solid.

At Chelsea, Mourinho substituted Terry at halftime in a game a Manchester City at the start of the 2015/16 season.

Despite reports of a fall-out between the duo in Mourinho's final weeks, Terry says they're still in regular contact.

“The big managers and when I look in world football, he is probably the biggest, they make the big decisions," he told Sky Sports.

“I didn't ask why he made that decision. I went to training the next day and just got on with it. There was never a problem.

“I'm still in great contact with him now. Even when I joined Aston Villa, he was the first one to text me and congratulate me and said he would be a Villa fan.

“That is what he does. When he came back, Rafa (Benitez) hadn't been playing me, but he was texting me that summer telling me to work hard, I was his main man.

“I was out for dinner with my wife and kids and had a glass of wine. He called me and after that conversation when I went back to the table I said no more wine. I wanted to train three times a day because he knew how to press my buttons and get the best out of everyone.

“You would be at home and out injured and he'd send you a text to tell you how important I was. He did it with the senior players at Chelsea, not just me and then we ran that dressing room for him."

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