Terry - Modric is world class

Skipper says Croatian would be welcome at Stamford Bridge

Last Updated: 19/07/11 11:17pm

John Terry believes Luka Modric would be a great addition to Chelsea should he move to Stamford Bridge.

The Croatia international confirmed his desire to join the Blues earlier this summer despite only signing a new long-term deal with Spurs in May.

Chelsea have seen two bids for the talented playmaker rejected by the White Hart Lane side, who have gone on record by firmly stating Modric is not for sale.

Terry has praised the 25-year-old's ability and believes he would be a good addition to manager Andre Villas-Boas' squad.


"He's a world class player who is very difficult to play against," he told Sky Sports News.

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"He's very agile, very quick and a great finisher like we've seen over many years.

"We've got a good squad of players. If he comes he could certainly add to that."


Terry is also confident that striker Fernando Torres will find his feet with the Blues this term having initially struggled following his move from Liverpool.

Torres endured a torrid time at Chelsea following his record-breaking £50million move, scoring just one Premier League goals for his new paymasters.

The Spaniard is enjoying a full pre-season with the Blues this summer and Terry believes the ex-Anfield marksman will back to his best in the new campaign.

"He backs himself," he continued. "He realises from the World Cup he had a slight injury and carried that towards the end of last season.

"He feels fresh, he's happy. He's fully settled. I'm certainly looking for him to get double figures goals wise.

"He was still good at times last year. He's a world class player and the price tag is big weight to carry on your shoulders.

"He's got all the ability in the world. He's very quick and a great finisher.

"We're delighted to have him and if he can bring goals along with what we already have then fantastic."


Chelsea are currently on their pre-season tour on Malaysia and Terry insists everyone is excited about their friendly with Kitchee, a Hong Kong select XI.

"It's been a very good so far," he continued on their pre-season preparations. "We've had a couple of good days training.

"The humidity is a little bit too much to take at times. We've had a good few sessions, so we are looking forward to the game on Thursday now.

"Looking at last season we didn't win a pre-season game going into the season.

"When you look at it like that it's something the manager's stressed upon that we wanted to win games and get the winning mentality straight from the start, which we've done so far."