The club legend has given the new Blues centre-back his blessing to take his number
Kalidou Koulibaly has shared a video to social media of him asking Chelsea legend John Terry whether he could wear his famous No.26 shirt at Stamford Bridge.
Terry used the number throughout his 19-year Blues career, during which time he captained the club to five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and a Champions League triumph in 2012 – though he missed the final itself through suspension. The defender also received a guard of honour in the 26th minute during his final appearance for the club.
Since Terry’s departure in 2017, no other player has worn No.26, but Koulibaly will inherit the digits following his summer transfer from Napoli.
In a video dated July 15 – one day before his official unveiling as a Chelsea player – the former Napoli defender can be seen on the phone with Terry.
Koulibaly asks whether the No.26 shirt, which the Senegal international used at Napoli, has been retired at Stamford Bridge, to which Terry replies: “The 26 was very special to me, I really appreciate you calling.
“It’s no problem for me for you to take it, absolute pleasure. I wish you well because I know how important the number was for me and I’ve seen you wear 26 as well.
“My pleasure mate, I give you the 26.”
Terry then adds: “No pressure mate. You go and keep winning trophies for us”