Chelsea legend John Terry has paid tribute to 'model professional' Petr Cech following his move to Arsenal during the summer transfer window.
The Blues' captain, speaking during the pre-season tour of America, hailed the Czech stopper for his attitude and work-rate last season, when the 33-year-old fell behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
After more than a decade and countless trophies in west London, Terry acknowledges that the 114-cap international could have 'gone the other way' like others before him. However, he set an example that the former England skipper would follow himself were he ever to leave Chelsea.
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"I could handle being out of the team. Petr Cech was a model professional last year and that is why he got the move he wanted, because of how well he reacted around the place," he told The Guardian.
“I have seen other players go the other way. I certainly would go down the Petr route and continue giving everything to the squad."
Considering an exit
Pushed further on whether he would ever leave Chelsea, the 34-year-old admitted that if he thought the club didn't want him anymore he would consider making an exit.
However, Terry insists he wouldn't follow in the footsteps of Cech and move to a domestic rival and could never represent another Premier League club.
"If I then felt Chelsea were going to release me or thought I had nothing else to give, but I thought I could, then of course I would still want to continue to play. But that would not be in the Premier League."
Terry is poised to play in his 18th season on the King's Road and will be hoping to add to his trophy collection once again under Mourinho following last season's title success.
The centre-back has won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League in that time, and Chelsea will expect to challenge on three fronts once again this term.