John Terry has been ‘outstanding’ this season admits QPR centre-back Rio Ferdinand, despite his differences with the Chelsea captain.
The two defenders no longer speak because of a fall-out over alleged racism by Terry toward Rio’s brother, Anton in 2011.
The ex-Manchester United skipper revealed in his autobiography last year that he had found it “impossible to forgive and forget” his former England teammates of the pain of that incident, according to Sky Sports.
But in his Friday column published in The Sun, Ferdinand has praised Terry for an impressive season at the back for Chelsea despite his age, and celebrated the Blues skipper’s fourth Premier League title.
“It’s no secret that me and John Terry are not the closest of mates,” Ferdinand wrote in The Sun.
“But just because we no longer get on does not mean I’ve lost my admiration for him as a footballer.
“His performances for Chelsea this season have been nothing short of outstanding and I’m not afraid to say it. John took the decision to retire from playing for England and had his reasons, but Chelsea are reaping the benefits.
“John is finding, as I did, that the upside of being off the international scene is that your body gets the rest it needs which allows you to keep performing at top-level well into your 30s.”
Despite teammate Eden Hazard’s stellar season, many believe Terry deserved a nomination for PFA Player of the Year, though the 34-year-old was voted into the Team of the Year.