Bobby Zamora says he is more than happy to shake hands with John Terry this weekend as QPR prepare to face rivals Chelsea in what could be a potentially explosive encounter at Loftus Road.
The clash this weekend could mark the first time John Terry has come face to face with Anton Ferdinand since he was cleared of racially abusing the QPR defender in July.
Ashley Cole, who appeared in court on behalf of Terry and incurred the wrath of Ferdinand’s brother Rio who branded him a ‘choc ice’, is also expected to play.
Both clubs are in talks over whether to abandon the traditional pre-game handshake as they did when the sides met at Stamford Bridge in April – but Hoops striker Zamora says it is time for everyone to move on from the incident.
“I've known John Terry for years and he's a very good friend of mine," Zamora told The Sun.
"We grew up together and of course I'll shake his hand if he's playing on Saturday. All this stuff happened a long time before I joined QPR.
"I came in as an outsider to it and I won't be paying attention to any of it.
"John is a very good player and it's going to be a real battle between us. I'm sure it's not going to be an enjoyable game with him coming through the back and smashing the life out of me.
"But that's what he's been like ever since we played together in Barking for Senrab when we were 13 along with Ledley King, Paul Konchesky and Jlloyd Samuel.
"My abiding image of JT then was a box-to-box midfielder with a curtains haircut, smashing in headers from corners.
"We've stayed in touch ever since and for me this game will simply be a case of getting out there, doing my job and getting points on the board for QPR."