Terry rubbishes rift reports

Chelsea skipper John Terry maintains that there is no rift between him and interim Blues boss Rafa Benitez.

Last Updated: 19/04/13 at 17:45 Post Comment

John Terry: Claims to have no issue with Rafa Benitez's rotation policy

John Terry: Claims to have no issue with Rafa Benitez's rotation policy

Reports suggesting that there has been a breakdown in relationship between manager and captain have emerged on the back of Terry's recent omission from the starting line-up.

He has struggled with injury this term, but has been unable to hold down a regular role since returning to full fitness.

Terry insists he totally understands and supports Benitez's rotation policy and claims that he has not been looking to rock the boat at Stamford Bridge.

He told Sky Sports News HD: "There has been a lot of speculation, even today. I didn't speak out against the manager at all. I am fit, have been fit, and that's the case.

"We have been working together on the training field. I might miss the game, but if the manager chooses the other players in front of me, that's totally acceptable by me and I will continue to work hard in training and wait for my chance, like I did against Fulham and previous games as well. I'm the biggest supporter if I'm playing or not playing - I'm fully behind the team.

"People are trying to cause a rift between myself and Rafa, but there simply isn't one. They won't get between us, or the players, or the staff at the football club."

Asked if he expected to be involved in Chelsea's trip to Liverpool on Sunday, Terry added: "I want to play in all the games, of course, that's the same for every player.

"But at the same time, I understand that we have got a lot of big games and if he wants to go with David (Luiz) and Iva (Branislav Ivanovic), they have been playing great so I have no qualms about that at all.

"(Cesar) Azpilicueta has been superb at right-back as well - so once again, if I'm not picked, of course I want to play, but at the same time I will be fully behind the lads, the team and the manager to secure us at least fourth spot for the Champions League spot."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

A

pparently Chiles has blamed Twitter trolls for his exit. Proof that even the worst things can get great results at times.

cheshire-gooner
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

Footer 365

Transfer news: Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa says it would be 'dream' to join Chelsea

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa says it would be "a dream" to play for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea: Mourinho gives flops silent treatment

Jose Mourinho was so disappointed by Chelsea's defeat to League One Bradford that he dished out the silent treatment.

Sepp Blatter shrugs-off UEFA's challenge to his leadership as 'lacking courage'

Sepp Blatter tells UEFA “they do not have the courage” to sufficiently challenge his leadership at this year's election.

Mail Box

A Massive Mailbox On A Weekend Of Wonder

We unsurprisingly have plenty of mails on a wonderful FA Cup weekend, including thoughts on Palace, Van Gaal, Phil Jones, Chelsea, Mourinho and Yaya Toure...

Appalling, Slow, Pathetic, Embarrassing

It's a bonus Saturday Mailbox, with plenty of reaction to the most alarming 0-0 draw in Manchester United's recent history. At what point do we worry about Louis van Gaal?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company