Chelsea boss Rafa confirms there are no bust-ups with John Terry
Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez insists he and club captain John Terry have a healthy working relationship. The interim boss claims he can “guarantee” there have been no bust-ups between him and John Terry following the defender’s recent comments.
John Terry questioned his status at Chelsea and claims he is healthy enough to play three games in a week if needed. The statements arrive after Rafael Benitez announced he couldn’t offer John Terry a permanent spot in his first-team.
The former England center-back, John Terry picked up a brace in the 3-0 win over Fulham on Wednesday. John Terry claims he should be given more opportunities to prove his worth to Chelsea.
“I can guarantee we don't have any problem,” Rafael Benitez said. He's training, is available, and he understands I have to make a decision. He wants to see the team winning games.
“He's fine, he's training with the team, he's OK. I've seen the comments. Everybody wants to win. Everybody wants to see the team at the top and in the Champions League next season. I agree 100%.
“He also says he can understand if I pick another player for the team. We agree. If I pick him, it's because I think he's fine. If not, I think another team-mate might be better for this or that game. But everything is fine.”
Rafael Benitez further praised the 32-year-old defender and admitted John Terry was “an important player for us”.
“We have a good squad, a lot of good players. I have to pick the team. It depends on each game,” Rafael Benitez added.
John Terry has been recovering from a recurring knee injury, still he is expected to become a regular in Chelsea’s first-team due to Gary Cahill’s absence. Gary Cahill has returned to training, but the center back still needs a couple of weeks before returning to Chelsea’s first-team.