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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Chelsea's Willian expresses gratitude to John Terry for signed shirt

If the memories of playing alongside John Terry for four seasons weren't enough for Willian, the Chelsea forward now has something else he can appreciate.

Terry, the longtime Chelsea captain now playing for Aston Villa, was in attendance for his former team's draw against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

He signed a shirt for Willian, who expressed his gratitude for the gift by posting a heartfelt response on Instagram.

In the last days I have had the honor of receiving this beautiful gift from my friend, the legend @johnterry.26. John, thank you very much for this gift and for the beautiful message. It has been a great pleasure to be a team mate of one of the greatest defenders in the world and, above all, an example of a professional football player. In those 4 years that we've been working together I've learned a lot from you and it's a real pride to be able to say that I played with you. All the happiness in the world in your career and in your life, my friend! Nos últimos dias tive a honra de receber esse belo presente do meu amigo, a lenda @johnterry.26 . . John, muito obrigado pelo presente e pela bonita mensagem. . Foi um enorme prazer poder ser companheiro de clube de um dos maiores zagueiros do mundo e acima de tudo um exemplo de profissional, um grande ídolo do futebol. . Nesses 4 anos que estivemos trabalhando juntos eu aprendi muita coisa com você e é um orgulho poder dizer que joguei ao seu lado. . Toda a felicidade do mundo em sua carreira e na sua vida. #johnterry #legend #myfriend #thankyou #gift #CFC #johnterry26

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The Brazil international's admiration for Terry, who left the club in July after 22 years, has been well-noted. After Chelsea claimed their fifth Premier League trophy in May and sixth top-flight title overall, Willian also posted an emotional thank you to Terry on Instagram, saying it was "a pleasure" to play with him.

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