Tyrone Mings could not turn down the opportunity to join Aston Villa in January because of the chance to learn from John Terry, according to the Guardian.
The centre-back revealed in an interview with the British media outlet that was the reason as to why he joined the Villans and not the likes of Derby County, Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion who all showed interest in him.
“John Terry is a fantastic centre-back – a centre-back that a lot of people would put in their all-time Premier League XI,” Mings told the Guardian.
“So when I knew that there was a chance that I could come here and learn from someone like that, in my position, it was an opportunity that I couldn’t really turn down.”
And, it would seem the Bournemouth loanee has benefitted from the Chelsea legend’s guidance.
Mings has been a standout for Dean Smith’s side and has played a crucial role in helping the club turn their fortunes around in the second half of the season.
Aston Villa went on an incredible 10-match winning streak following the 26-year-old’s arrival and rocketed into a Championship play-off spot from 11th.
Mings will be expected play a starting role at Wembley Stadium on Monday as they go face-to-face with Derby County for a place in the next season’s Premier League.
If the Villans are able to go one better than last year, then they could have every chance of securing a permanent deal for him.