Jose Mourinho: Chelsea captain John Terry is still first-choice

The Chelsea manager runs the rule over his captain

Jose Mourinho has insisted that Chelsea captain John Terry remains his first-choice defender.

The 34-year-old centre-half was omitted from Mourinho’s starting line-up for their 2-0 victory over bitter rivals Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Terry hasn’t started Chelsea’s last two games in all competitions after Chelsea manager Mourinho opted to start Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma at centre-half.

But the 52-year-old Portuguese coach was keen to stress that Terry doesn’t need to be concerned about his Chelsea future despite a recent lack of playing time.

“John Terry does not need me to speak with him. He knows what I feel,” Mourinho told his post-match media conference.

“He knows the relationship, he knows he’s my man. He knows that if I have to choose one out of 25 to be my man, he is the first. He knows that I care about him. He knows that nothing is at risk. He knows that my decision was only to help my team win the match.

“I thought Arsenal were coming to play a defensive game with a fast striker who gets behind people. We had to bring our defensive line up and to play against Theo Walcott the best player we have is Zouma.”

Terry has made four Premier League appearances this season but the veteran centre-half has racked up just 280 minutes.

Chelsea responded with victory over Arsenal after the west London had made their worst start to a top-flight crown since 1986.

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The defending Premier League champions make the trip to Newcastle United next Sunday.

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