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Terry does not see transfer ban as a problem

Chelsea skipper John Terry believes FIFA's transfer sanction could make the team even stronger.

The England international has joined Frank Lampard in dismissing concerns over the ban. And he feels the current crop of players will show their mettle while the club fights a transfer ban which will run until January 2011.

"We are very much together at Chelsea and whatever has been thrown at us over the last two or three years we seem to become stronger,'' declared Terry. "We will certainly do that this time, as always.''

Lampard said: "A lot of things have happened to me in my career with England and Chelsea and whenever it's backs to the wall, it brings a togetherness and it can be used as a positive. You certainly can't let it be used as a negative.

"It's something that is out of the players' control anyway, so all we can do now is make it a positive.''

Lampard was quick to point to the standard of the club's Academy, believing there are players who came come through and shine while the transfer ban is in place.

"In the modern day, the Academies go out and look for players from abroad and that's the right thing to do as it is all to the benefit of the club,'' said Lampard. "But there's lots of English kids at Chelsea and it's great to see.''

Over 70% of players in the Chelsea Academy aged 16 or over are English and Lampard added: "It's a general question that certainly shouldn't just involve Chelsea and we all want to see good young English kids coming through.

"Fans prefer a local boy to come through because they can relate to them but they are not too bothered where they come from as long as they play well.

"It's changed a bit since my day, but we should always look for the best English players to develop.'

"It's not easy at Chelsea. I played in the West Ham first-team at 17 and 18 but there was nowhere near the quality there is at Chelsea. So it's not easy for the young lads, they have to keep their heads down for a longer period and be even more determined and work even harder to get where they want to be.''

The club's director of communications and public affairs, Simon Greenberg, said Chelsea would support an international ban on transferring players under the age of 18.

Greenberg told BBC Radio Five Live: "Chelsea are fully supportive of that (the ban). We have to be careful that the rules and regulations are very clear because there's clearly a lot of people who believe there are grey areas at the moment.

"We have to make sure the rules and regulations are clear and legal in terms of European law. I think there's a lot of work to be done on that. I think we always supported the proposal. (Chief executive) Peter (Kenyon) is a member of the European Club Association.

"Chelsea, as an individual club and a responsible member of UEFA through their many competitions, and as a supporter of FIFA, we've always supported the ban of under-18 transfers - especially in the respect where this has been dubbed as 'child trafficking' or 'child slavery'.''

Greenberg added that the club prided itself on bringing through English talent.

"Our absolute priority is to develop young players, preferably English, preferably London-born players, which is what's at the heart of our team,'' he said. "We have a core of English players.

"That is the philosophy of the Chelsea academy. We've always been Brit-centric and I don't think other clubs can necessarily say that. That has always been our preferred option.''

Meanwhile, Guus Hiddink believes his former club will react with defiance and strength on the field to their transfer ban.

Hiddink said: "Chelsea's reaction was very firm. With good reason, they will go to the courts in Switzerland. But I know the team very well, and I know that their reaction will be even stronger in their performances.

"They are strong physically, tactically and also mentally. They will react strongly. I had no indication whatsoever when I was in charge of Chelsea that there were any such problems. There are laws and regulations - and as long as everyone sticks to that, then everything continues normally.''


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