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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 July, 2005, 07:26 GMT 08:26 UK
Terry praise for Wright-Phillips
Chelsea's new signing Shaun Wright-Phillips
Chelsea captain John Terry believes his new team-mate Shaun Wright-Phillips is as good a player as Wayne Rooney.

Wright-Phillips completed his 21m move to Stamford Bridge on Monday, and Terry admitted he was delighted the 23-year-old was joining the Blues.

Terry said: "When you look at the young, exciting English players, there's Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Rooney and maybe a couple of others.

"In terms of ability he's up there with Rooney," he added.

"Wright-Phillips is a fantastic signing and it's a relief to have him on our side rather than playing against him.

We may have the strongest midfield in Europe now
Arjen Robben

"He's a real threat, beats defenders and puts crosses in. He scores goals and makes goals and I'm looking forward to playing with him and winning trophies with him.

"It's a double boost in a way because he's playing for us and not for Arsenal.

"I've seen him away with England squads and know that coming to us he'll improve and we'll improve as a club.

"Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge speak very highly of him. Bridgey's words were 'thank God I don't have to play against him again'."

Wright-Phillips is expected to battle with Arjen Robben, Damien Duff and Joe Cole for the two attacking wide positions in the side.

But Robben was delighted to see the arrival of such a promising player.

He said: "He can be good for us. I think he is similar to me. He can run quick and fast. He plays on the right, I play more on the left, but he is a great player with a great dribble and great pace.

"We may have the strongest midfield in Europe now, but maybe we had the strongest last year already."

Blues midfielder Frank Lampard believes manager Jose Mourinho will have few problems keeping all of his wide men happy.

"The manager will do as he sees fit," he said. "We have a lot of big players that have to be kept happy, but at the same time we have to try to keep a settled team.

"That is what we had last season and it was a big reason for our success."





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