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Terry backs Mourinho at Manchester United, but Chelsea title fight is 'first and foremost' concern

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John Terry was along for the Horan & Rose Charity Gala on Sunday night, an event put on by singer Niall Horan and golfer Justin Rose, helping to raise money for cancer research, and also talking a bit of Mourinho and Conte when stopped by the reporters' microphones.

There's nothing shocking or out of the ordinary, really, in what he's saying, wishing the ex-boss good luck up in Manchester and looking forward to working with Conte next season and challenging for the title once again, though the latter bit is getting downplayed in the wider coverage of these quotes, despite the whole "first and foremost" slant from the Chelsea captain.

"It's fantastic news for Manchester United. I'm sure that United's fans and players will be delighted with that because, as I've said many times before, he's the best manager I've worked under. It was unfortunate the way it ended at Chelsea this year but I wish him well because he's also a great man. He'll be great for Manchester United, I'm sure."

It's easy to forget, but Jose Mourinho hasn't always been Chelsea manager and while we had hoped he'd stick around for a bit longer, he wasn't always going to be either.

"It'll feel very different. I've come up against Jose for various teams before so it will be interesting. He'll get a great reception when he comes back to Stamford Bridge, for sure. First and foremost we have to look at ourselves this year and fight for the title."

Our record against Mourinho isn't exactly stellar, two losses to his Inter side in 2010 in the Champions League (the second leg of that Round of 16 tie was the first time he had been back after his first sacking), so we'll have to improve on that if we want to challenge for the top.

"I'm delighted to sign another year. It will be my 22nd year at Chelsea so I'm obviously delighted - I've been there an awfully long time."

"I'm looking forward to working under the new manager as well, it's exciting times for all of us and hopefully we can improve on what was a disappointing season this year. At a big club like Chelsea, like all the other big clubs, you want to win trophies and be in competitions right until the last minute. This season we weren't, so we have to learn from that and hopefully come back and be in the fight for a lot of trophies this year."

-John Terry