Terry eager to concentrate on football upon pre-season return

The centre-back is content that his off-pitch troubles are now over and is excited by the fresh faces that have arrived at Stamford Bridge this summer
Chelsea captain John Terry is pleased to be back playing again and says he is focusing on football after a summer to forget, off the pitch.

The England international, fresh from being acquitted of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand at Westminster Magistrates Court, is keen to get back to matters on the pitch, after playing, and scoring, during his side's 3-2 friendly defeat to the MLS All-Stars.

"I'm delighted to get back to football, concentrate on what I love doing," Terry told reporters.
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"I'm very pleased to be here with the side and concentrating on getting fit first and foremost – and cracking away early on in the season.

"We have got some big games coming up and I'm looking forward to being part of that."

The club have strengthened heavily this summer with the arrivals of Eden Hazard from Lille, Marko Marin from Werder Bremen and Oscar from Internacional taking the club's spending over £65 million, but Terry believes this is merely a sign that owner Roman Abramovich's interest in the club is as strong as ever.

He added: "He's down at the training ground, he's around the hotel, he wants to know what's going on, what kind of training we are doing.

"It is really refreshing to see and I think it's good for the new players to see that.

"You have to [spend]. You look at what other clubs are doing, what Man City are doing, even PSG who I thought were very good the other day [in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in New York].

"There is so much money out there. Even after winning the Champions League it is so important that we keep competing. And thankfully we have got an owner who is very much prepared to do that."

Turning his attentions to the international scene and Terry is hoping to be a part of Roy Hodgson's friendly squad for their match against Italy in Switzerland on August 15, the side's first game since they were knocked out by the Azzurri at the quarter-final stage of Euro 2012.

"It's encouraging when you take a step back," Terry insisted. "Obviously being knocked out was disappointing but under Roy it was good.

"And it's important that I'm here now. Just concentrating on my football."