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Zhirkov: The Chelsea 'welcome' JT gave me on first day

Yuri Zhirkov says he treasures his time with Chelsea.

The former Russia international played between 2009 and 2011 at Stamford Bridge.

Zhirkov said, "In terms of football, yes. I always said it was a pleasure to play there."

Asked his most vivid football memory from England, he recalled: "At the very first training session, John Terry rolled his straight leg into my chest.

"(Branislav) Ivanovic then explained to me: 'You must always play like this: tough, hard'.

"Everyone should always be charged."


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