John Terry has insisted that he would have no problem playing alongside Rio Ferdinand at the European Championships this summer.
There has been speculation about whether the pair will line up together for England given that Chelsea skipper Terry has been accused of racially abusing Manchester United defender Ferdinand’s brother Anton when the Blues played QPR in October.
He said: “I don’t have an issue playing with anyone and never have done. I don’t pick and choose who plays for England and if I’m selected to play it won’t become an issue either.”
Asked about rumours he considered quitting the national team after being stripped of the captaincy, Terry replied: “I’m not going to throw away my international career for anyone. I am proud to represent my country. I will never turn my back on England.
“I was baffled by these rumours about me quitting. I even had players coming up saying they heard I was going to quit.
“But I never considered quitting. I was deeply disappointed by the FA’s decision to strip me of the captaincy as it meant the world to me. But sometimes you just have to accept these things and move on.”
Meanwhile, The Sun say Jose Mourinho is set to snub the chance to return to Chelsea and will sign a new contract at Real Madrid worth £10m a year after tax.
A Madrid source is quoted as saying: “We are very, very close to clinching an agreement.
“Talks have gone extremely well and Jose now has the new contract and we are just waiting for him to sign.”