Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has moved to defend team-mate John Terry following his sending off against West Brom on Sunday.
The Blues' skipper will be suspended for their upcoming game against Crystal Palace, and was also criticised for after he was subbed off at half-time in the 3-0 defeat against Manchester City earlier this month - the first time that had happened under Jose Mourinho.
Kurt Zouma has stepped up into his place and Terry is in danger of losing his position permanently - however Courtois insists that the former England international remains key to the team.
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John is still our main man, our captain,” said the Belgian goalkeeper. “He is still at a great level and he shows that as well. There is no problem at all. It was only a few months ago people were saying he’d had his best-ever season and that doesn’t change suddenly. There are things which have happened so far that have just been bad luck.
“For example, the first goal in the 2-2 draw against Swansea. I made a good save, John blocked the rebound really well but it went straight back to Andre Ayew again to score. Against City, Sergio Aguero has a lot of quality and showed that. But I still think John is one of the best defenders in the League and I’m happy to have him in front of me.
“He is really important in the dressing room and in the team. He is a very good captain and leads the team very well.”
Terry penned a new contract extension earlier on this year to stay at Stamford Bridge for another season, however he turns 35 soon and Jose Mourinho is in the market to find a long-term replacement.
He has his eye on Everton's John Stones however the Toffees have rejected their latest offer which was reportedly worth £30 million. As it stands they remain adamant that they won't sell up before the window closes.