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Chelsea boss keen for Ferdinand and Terry to shake hands

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas feels it is in everyone's interest that QPR's Anton Ferdinand should shake hands with John Terry before Saturday's FA Cup clash at Loftus Road. This, despite allegations the Rangers defender was the victim of a racist slur from the England captain during October's Barclays Premier League game between the sides, an allegation Terry denies.

Asked if it was important he did so, Villas-Boas said: "Extremely important, extremely important."

He added: "This game is based on good values more than anything else.

"These players should continue to promote these good values."

Villas-Boas confirmed the matter had been discussed with Terry, who denies having racially abused Ferdinand.

The Chelsea boss said: "Everybody has been having conversations, from the top, to the players, to the manager."

Villas-Boas reiterated he would not consider leaving out Terry and said he had not felt the need to check on his frame of mind this week.

"No, not at all," he said.

"I have to count on the player, and the player is fit and available for the game."

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