John Terry has insisted that he has no hard feelings towards Petr Cech after the experienced goalkeeper departed Chelsea in the summer in search of first-team football, joining Arsenal.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Terry explained that he would not hold anything against the former Chelsea goalkeeper if Arsenal do win the title this season.
The 33-year-old left Chelsea due to the emergence of the younger Thibaut Courtois – Terry, however, who spent his best years alongside Cech with the Blues, claimed that the Arsenal man is one of the best in the world.
Petr has shown this season that he is still one of the best in the world let alone in the Premier League. I said from the start that he will give Arsenal points in the title race. That is what he has done and he will continue to do so.
Cech was keen to stay in London after joining the Blues way back in 2004, with Arsenal the best option.
The former Blue has made a real difference for Arsene Wenger’s side, and could become only the second player ever to win back-to-back Premier League titles with two different sides, should he lift the trophy this season.
The meeting at the Emirates on Sunday will be the third time this season that the two sides have faced each other.
Terry admitted his respect for Cech.
I have huge respect for him as a player and as a man. I have shared the dressing room with him for many years and won an awful lot of trophies with him.
Obviously we want to continue winning things here at Chelsea but I wish him well and I hope he continues his great form.Both of them are world-class goalkeepers.
The Chelsea and England legend then went on to refute talk the game will be about the two ‘keepers.
When Petr left we wished him well and Thibaut has continued his great form since he’s come back from injury. There is a lot more to focus on in this game than just these two. It’s a big London derby as well.