Carvalho: Pleasure to play with Chelsea captain Terry

AS Monaco defender Ricardo Carvalho admits he loved his partnership at Chelsea with John Terry.

AS Monaco defender Ricardo Carvalho admits he loved his partnership at Chelsea with John Terry.

Carvalho keeps in touch with many of his former Chelsea team-mates, including Terry, with whom he developed an almost telepathic central defensive partnership.

"With John it was perfect, a pleasure and easy for me to play with him," Carvalho told the Daily Mail. "My first year I looked at him and I could see that he was strong, with a good character on the pitch. I’m a little bit different to him as a player and we complemented each other.

"We didn’t work on it or talk about things before games. It just came naturally. I felt it more with him than with anyone else during my career. We would just have a quick look at each other, we didn’t even need to say anything.

"He knew when I was going to react and go to the ball and I knew it as well. It was natural. You would know when it was your turn and when it was his turn. It was just a feeling. It was special. If I had to choose one defender to play with, it would be John.

"I have spoken with him since I left Chelsea, and with Frank Lampard. We met up in London one time, in Harrods actually. The players from that team know they are important to me."

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