Carlton Palmer has asked Kalidou Koulibaly to ask club legend John Terry for his Chelsea shirt number.
The Blues’ new signing moved to Stamford Bridge earlier this summer in a £33million deal.
The 31-year-old established himself as one of the best defenders during his time at Napoli where he wore the number 26 shirt, a jersey famously linked to Terry.
No player has worn the shirt since Terry’s exit in 2017, and after a nice gesture of calling out the former defender, Terry was more than happy to approve of Koulibaly taking the shirt.
In a clip shared by Koulibaly, Terry could be heard saying, “The 26th was very special to me, I really appreciate you calling.
“It’s no problem for me that you take it, absolute pleasure.”
“I wish you luck because I know how important the number was to me and I saw you wearing 26 as well. Gladly mate, I give you 26.
“No pressure. You will keep the winning trophies for us.
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Despite Koulibaly’s gesture to call out the Chelsea legend, Carlton Palmer is convinced it was unnecessary.
Speaking to Kick Off on talkSPORT, Palmer said: “Why is he calling John Terry?
“He’s a legend of the game and that’s a fact. John Terry is steeped in history and always will be.
“He was an exceptional captain and a lot of other things, but I’ve never seen a player call a former player by his number. A number that hasn’t been retired.
“Some people might see it as a mark of respect, I don’t really see it, to be honest.”
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