Terry pleased to be back playing

Salisbury Journal: Chelsea's John Terry is glad to be back on the pitch Chelsea's John Terry is glad to be back on the pitch

John Terry is happy to be playing for Chelsea after putting his difficult summer behind him.

Terry followed a quarter-final defeat with England in Euro 2012 with a court case which saw him acquitted of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Terry scored for Chelsea in the 3-2 defeat by the MLS All Stars in Pennsylvania on Wednesday but could still be charged by the Football Association over the Ferdinand affair.

He said: "I'm delighted to get back to football, concentrate on what I love doing. 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."

The summer signings of Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar - for an outlay of around £65million - have shown Terry that owner Roman Abramovich is committed to further success with the club even after the Champions League final win over Bayern Munich.

Terry added on Abramovich in the Guardian: "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]. 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."

Meanwhile, Marseille have admitted they may cash in on right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, who has been heavily linked with Chelsea.

The 22-year-old, currently in Britain playing for Spain at the Olympics, said this week it was "flattering" to be mentioned as a target for the European champions.

And Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has revealed the £7million-rated Azpilicueta may be sold to raise funds for new signings.

"Everybody has to sell before buying," he told RTL. "In effect, it could either be (Stephane) M'Bia and Azpi. But, for now, nothing has changed."

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