Ali Suljic tells Swedish press which Chelsea player has taught him the most

John Terry

The young central defender has already trained with the Chelsea first-team.

17-year-old Swedish youth international Suljic signed for the Blues in the summer of 2013, having impressed a host of Premier League scouts during a tournament when he was just 15.

Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal were also all reported by TalkSPORT to be keen on brining the highly rated youngster to England, but he chose Stamford Bridge over other suitors, and has since become a key part of the Blues academy system.

He has yet to appear for the Under-21 side, but he is slowly becoming a consistent fixture in Under-18 football, and he is held in high regard by the management in West London, and has even trained a few times with the first-team and head coach Jose Mourinho.

In an interview with his ViasatSport in his native Sweden, Suljic spoke of training with the Blues first-team, and who impressed him most out of all the star players on show.

The 16-capped Under-17 international said: “I trained with the first team for the first time at the end of last season and one more time last autumn. The first practice made me a little nervous when you saw all the best players. But then when you started playing, you felt like the player of their choice when they passed it.

“I was most impressed by [Eden] Hazard. You saw how damn good he is, when you yourself are training with him you'll see the speed and technique. It was really hard to keep up and take the ball from him.”

It comes as no surprise to see Suljic impressed with Hazard, who is considered as one of the best players in the world, and a likely recipient of the Ballon d’Or in the future. The Belgian attacker would likely have proven a challenge to Suljic during the training sessions, but the youngster had high praise for another key player, saying that club captain John Terry is the man who has taught him the most.

He added: “When you train with them, it is he [John Terry] who takes care of the players and explains how it is. Since he is a centre-back as well, he tells us how to act at the back.

“About a month ago, he told me that I would not see much of the ball without going up more behind the player. He gives me important tips, so it's very good.”

Terry is currently in the process of taking his coaching badges, so it makes sense that he would offer as much advice as he can to the young players in the Chelsea ranks - especially the defenders. With Terry’s dreams of managing the Blues in the future, the 34-year-old might just be coaching Suljic in the first-team in the not too distant future.

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