TERRY EXCITED AT SQUAD STRENGTH

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

John Terry has had his say on the club's transfer deadline day dealings.

The captain, who is currently on England duty in Bulgaria ahead of tomorrow night's European Championship qualifier, is looking forward to linking up with Raul Meireles back at Stamford Bridge, but will miss the presence of Yossi Benayoun, who last night joined Arsenal on a season-long loan.

Speaking of Meireles's last-ditch signing, Terry admitted he was surprised to see the deal done.

'I was, it was very late, I was sitting there watching,' said the 30-year-old. 'He's a very good player, I spoke to Stewie [Downing] and Andy [Carroll] and they stressed how good he was.

'Andre [Villas-Boas] has had him before. We missed out on Modric but he comes in in a very similar role and it's very exciting with the players we've brought in so far.

'Very sad to lose Yossi, I didn't realise how good he was until I was training with him day in day out. With his injury he picked up last year he was unfortunate because I felt he had a lot to give to the Chelsea side.

'Unfortunately he's gone on loan but we all wish him well and hopefully he can get a run of games which he deserves.'

Terry also felt it was important the club kept hold of two English youngsters, rather than loaning them out to other sides.

'Daniel Sturridge has benefited an awful lot from being on loan at Bolton last year and has come back and shown great form,' the centre-back assessed. 'He's unfortunate to have been suspended and I think he would have been the first name down on the Chelsea teamsheet.

'We have young Josh McEachran as well. We've not let him out on loan because he's got a big part to play this year and we wish him well and hopefully he comes through.'