Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo insists he's not trying to phase out John Terry.

Terry sat out Chelsea's Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, but Di Matteo insists the ­defender remains central to his plans.

"Absolutely, John Terry is still our captain and leader, and I think he will be ­playing for many, many more years," said Di ­Matteo.

"He remains a fantastic defender and leader."