John Terry has taken to Twitter to share his regret that he had to leave West Ham for Chelsea in 1995.

Writing via his personal Twitter profile on Saturday [13/11/21], Terry responded after a West Ham supporter pointed out that the ex-England captain initially came through the East London club’s ranks.

Terry said: “I left at the age of 12 or 13, shame because in our team was Ledley King, Bobby Zamora, Paul Konchesky, J Lloyd Samuel. West Ham let Jimmy Neighbour go and we all left.”

I left at the age of 12 or 13 , shame because in our team was Ledley King, Bobby Z , Paul Konchesky, J Lloyd Samuel , West Ham let Jimmy Neighbour go and we all left.

— John Terry (@JohnTerry26) November 13, 2021

What could have been?

Terry joined West Ham from renowned Sunday league team Senrab in 1991, spending four years in the academy.

However, he was lured over to the other side of London by Chelsea in 1995, where he converted from a centre-midfielder into a centre-back.

That was an inspired move as he went on to establish himself as one of the country’s finest defensive talents, winning numerous titles with Chelsea, including the Champions League.

He has now opened up on his Irons exit, citing the departure of youth development officer Neighbour.

Could Terry have helped to elevate the Irons during the early years of the 21st century that included relegation to the Championship?

Possibly, but the club were always susceptible to losing players once they hit the first team anyway, as evidenced in the sales of young stars like Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick.

In other West Ham news, the Irons are readying a bid to sign this 31-cap South-American star.

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