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Terry denies Mourinho exit claims

Jose Mourinho (Left) and John Terry
Mourinho (left) and Terry celebrate Chelsea's Premier League triumph in 2005

Chelsea skipper John Terry has firmly rejected claims made by former team-mate Claude Makelele that he was responsible for Jose Mourinho's exit.

Makelele alleges that Terry and boss Mourinho, who left Stamford Bridge in 2007, fell out over his selection as the defender recovered from injury.

The veteran French midfielder also claims that Terry asked for a transfer.

But a statement issued through Terry's solicitors said: "There is no foundation in this allegation."

The statement continued: "We also confirm (should it even need confirming) that John has never asked to be transferred from Chelsea."

In his autobiography, Makelele claims that: "I thought Mourinho was practically untouchable, but a lot of players had complained about him, notably John Terry.

"When John Terry let his discontent be known to (chief executive Peter) Kenyon and asked him for an immediate transfer, (owner Roman) Abramovich reacted immediately.

"The departure of Terry was totally unimaginable, from the point of view of the supporters, the players or the club owners. Mourinho was packing his bags."

Chelsea have also rejected Makelele's allegations.

"This is not a true version of events with regards to the transfer request as there wasn't one," said a Chelsea spokesman.

"Nor was the captain responsible for the departure of Jose Mourinho, which was mutually agreed between Jose and the club."



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