The Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has described John Terry as a mixture of the Italian legends Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini.
It is Ancelotti's latest backing for Terry who at the weekend was accused of taking secret cash payments for a tour of the club's Cobham training ground, a claim that led to Chelsea releasing a statement insisting that the 29-year-old did not "ask for or accept money".
Terry, named as one of the players in Fifa's World XI this year, has been publicly supported by Ancelotti and the former Milan coach sees the same qualities in his captain as two defenders he played with at San Siro. "Terry is like Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini in personality, character and leadership," Ancelotti said. "I am very lucky to have this player as my captain."
Ancelotti, who has guided his club to the top of the Premier League also sees similarities between Chelsea's owner, Roman Abramovich, and his Milan counterpart, Silvio Berlusconi, who is the Prime Minister of Italy. "Abramovich is like Berlusconi," Ancelotti said. "He has a passion for his club, he likes to speak about football, as does Berlusconi. Both of them like to watch football on television. After a game he comes to the dressing room."
He added: "I never think that if I don't win games Roman will remove me. My aim is to do the best for this club, as I have done for other clubs."
*The FA will take no further action against the Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri after his clash with Hull's Richard Garcia, where he appeared to tread on his opponent's foot. Referee Steve Bennett looked at the incident from Saturday's game, which Arsenal won 3-0, and decided he would not have awarded a red card had it been seen.