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John Terry to remain Chelsea captain - Carlo Ancelotti

John Terry
Terry scored Chelsea's winner at Burnley on Saturday

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti says defender John Terry will remain as club captain despite newspaper revelations about his private life.

Terry has been named in the media as allegedly having an affair with the ex-girlfriend of his former Chelsea and England team-mate Wayne Bridge.

It has led to calls from former players for him to lose the England captaincy.

But he will remain as Chelsea skipper with Ancelotti saying: "There is no discussion about this."

Chelsea beat Burnley 2-1 on Saturday thanks to Terry's late goal as the Blues moved four points clear of champions Manchester United at the top of the Premier League.

And Ancelotti insists that despite the revelations, Terry has the full support of his club colleagues.

"I don't know why you ask me this. The players will never lose their trust in him," said Italian Ancelotti.

"I am a manager and only want to speak about his work. He is a fantastic professional.

"All the club, the players, management and staff are supporting him and his family at this time."

The Football Association has declined to comment on Terry's future as England captain but there is growing pressure on national manager Fabio Capello to strip the 29-year-old of the captain's armband, only four months before the World Cup.

Terry had won a gagging order last week preventing the public learning about an alleged affair, but the injunction was lifted by the High Court on Friday.

National newspapers named the father-of-two, who is married to Toni Poole, in their Saturday editions as having a relationship with model Vanessa Perroncel, 28.

Terry captaincy in doubt - Lawrenson

And there were further revelations about the alleged affair in Sunday's national newspapers.

Terry is set go to South Africa as captain, while Bridge, who now plays for Manchester City, is also likely to be selected in Capello's squad as understudy to another former Chelsea team-mate, Ashley Cole.

Bridge, 29, has not played since early December when he was injured playing against Chelsea.

In a statement issued by his lawyer, the left-back said: "I have read the press reporting in the last two days. The reports deal with matters which are of a deeply personal and private nature.

"My primary concern is the welfare of my son. Therefore, I intend to make no comment whatsoever either now or in the future about these reports and ask that my privacy is respected."

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see also
Man City players support Bridge
31 Jan 10 |  Man City
Burnley 1-2 Chelsea
30 Jan 10 |  Premier League
FA refuses to comment over Terry
30 Jan 10 |  Football
England yet to reach peak - Terry
14 Oct 09 |  Internationals
England's road to World Cup 2010
09 Sep 09 |  Football
Chelsea back Terry over reports
21 Dec 09 |  Chelsea
Terry appointed England captain
19 Aug 08 |  Internationals
Terry named new England skipper
10 Aug 06 |  Internationals

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