Chelsea FC’s John Terry denies Rafa Benitez row

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Updated: February 19, 2013
John Terry pic via Julian Mason/Flickr

Chelsea captain John Terry has denied rumours of a dressing-room rift with interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez, and stated that it is “complete rubbish”.

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A numbers of newspapers reported that the pressure of poor performances was beginning to take its toll on Benitez and he turned on the Chelsea captain earlier in the month, blaming him for two goals conceded during a loss to Newcastle. Terry had been struggling with a knee injury for nearly three months and found himself out of the starting line-up, but he returned in typical John Terry fashion scoring his side’s final goal in the 4-0 win over Brentford in their FA Cup replay. That was just his third start under the Spaniard.

“The manager knows me, I want to play…There’s good competition in the side and we’ll all fight for it. There are no complaints from me. It’s good to have competition.”

Benitez was quick to echo Terry’s comments by denying the bust-up. “I was really surprised because I didn’t read the press. It’s rubbish. Clearly you can see that he is on the pitch.”

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