Chelsea captain John Terry says he's happy to fight for his place.

His appearances have been limited by suspension and injury this season and manager Rafa Benitez has been impressed by the central defensive partnership of Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill.

"The most frustrating thing for me was that when Rafa came in, I wasn't fit and wasn't able to impress him and show what I am about. I have a bit of catching up to do. He has not seen the full me and me at 100 per cent.

"I still need a couple of games - that is clear, as well. I'm not silly. I've been out for four months and the other two guys, Iva and Gaz, have been playing really well, both scoring as well, so it's going to be difficult for me to get back in.

"People speak about me being upset. Naturally I want to play games, but I'm not one to knock the manager's door down. I respect the other players. I have to fight for my place again. That's the same with everyone in the team and I am no different."