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John Terry a big fan of new Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas

John Terry has given a ringing endorsement to Andre Villas-Boas after almost a month working under the new Chelsea manager.

Villas-Boas was appointed just six weeks ago, while the Blues players did not return from their summer holidays until two weeks later.

But the 33-year-old's methods have already made a huge impression on Chelsea's seasoned professionals after five victorious pre-season matches.

Villas-Boas was renowned for his attention to detail when he worked as a scout at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho.

And Terry, widely regarded as the most influential figure in the Chelsea dressing room, revealed that was only one of the former Porto boss' many qualities.

“He's come in and, really, from day one, he's been on the ball and on the button with us all,” said defender Terry, who is on his ninth manager at club level.

“So we're all intrigued to see what he can bring to the team over the forthcoming season.”

Describing Villas-Boas' style of communication, the England skipper said: “He won't mumble on for 20, 30 minutes at a time.

“It's quite short, quite brief, but he covers everything, whether that be in training or in the team meetings. One thing I've really been impressed with is the training side of things.

“There's a real emphasis — whether that's because it's pre-season at the moment — on the way he wants us to play, individually, collectively.

“We've done an awful lot of ball work, but I've been really impressed and everyone seems to finally understand the way he wants us to play.

“Naturally, that's going to take a few more games to get it where we want to be but we're implementing that every day.”

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