Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand got involved in the ongoing debate between pundit Robbie Savage and Chelsea captain John Terry this morning, offering his thoughts on the matter during the Fletch and Sav show.
Ferdinand, a former international teammate of Terry’s, seemed to back Savage in the matter at hand, suggesting that the latter would be entitled to ‘dig the former out’ as Terry had made things personal.
The argument at hand
The feud began when Savage criticised Terry for his form so far this season. The Stamford Bridge centre-back retorted with a now infamous statement about not taking such comments from players who had played at a ‘really bad’ level - he mentioned Savage by name.
It’s always good to get a third party in on the action, though, and, in this case, that third party is none other than Ferdinand.
Debate rumbles on
The now-retired United stalwart went through a similar malaise as Terry with regards to losing his form due to age but implied that the Blues skipper was wrong to make things personal.
"If you make it personal, I'm well within my rights to go up to you personally and dig you out," Ferdinand said.
Savage himself has chosen to take the higher ground in spite of Terry’s comments, instead describing the journalists who laughed at them as sycophants.
Here's the fateful Terry comment:
And, some of the best reactions:
One thing’s for sure, Terry is going to have to improve whether he’s prepared to take negative feedback from pundits or not. The 35-year-old has come under fire from those who believe he is passed his best.
Jose Mourinho appears to still have faith in Terry’s abilities to marshall the backline, but in reality the period is going to come sooner rather than later when the defender becomes more of a liability than a reassuring presence.
Chelsea fans, is Ferdinand right? Are you taking sides in the Terry/Savage debate? Let us know in the comments box below.