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John Terry has already repaid Chelsea fans' support

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Arsenal's signing of legendary Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has left captain John Terry as the only fan favourite from their recent period of success still at the club.

The centre-back is, of course, anything but a crowd-pleaser among rival supporters; having particularly upset English supporters by twice losing the national captain's armband amid allegations he had an extramarital affair with team mate Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend and racially abused Anton Ferdinand.

However, those who need to be reminded why Chelsea staff and fans have backed their captain throughout his controversies need look no further than the recent departures of Cech, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

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Legend among legends

Of course, these players are all still Chelsea greats. They were fantastic servants for the club during its greatest period of success yet and left on amicable terms when they were no longer first choice in their respective positions.

However, it is easy to forget that Terry was marginalised by Rafael Benitez during the Spaniard's time as Chelsea's interim Manager and never offered a hint of leaving.

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Liverpool fans who unconditionally backed Luis Suàrez amid allegations of racism towards Patrice Evra and his multiple cheating and biting sagas were left looking rather naïve when he tried to force a move to Arsenal in 2013, before departing for Barcelona a year later.

Terry may be every bit as controversial as the Uruguayan; but Chelsea supporters have had no such problems.

Leading by example

Terry was in fine form on and off the pitch throughout Chelsea's recent Premier League title-winning campaign, of which he played every minute.

His consistent performances saw him voted into the Professional Footballers' Association's team of the year and he earned praise even amongst rival supporters for personally calling Chelsea fan Joe Davies to talk about the 18-year-old's concerns regarding Mourinho's criticism of the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.

Critics argue that Terry has been involved in too many scandals to be a suitable club captain.

However, his persistence through adversity and loyalty to the club has vindicated the support of its fans - who remember him not for dragging their name through the mud, but rather for making it one of the most feared in Europe.

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