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Terry puts glum summer behind him

JOHN Terry says he is happy to be back playing for Chelsea after putting his difficult summer behind him.

Terry followed quarter-final defeat with England in Euro 2012 with a court case which saw him acquitted of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Terry scored for Chelsea in the 3-2 defeat by the MLS All Stars in Pennsylvania on Wednesday but could still be charged by the English Football Association over the Ferdinand affair.

He said: "I'm delighted to get back to football, concentrate on what I love doing. I'm very pleased to be here with the side and concentrating on getting fit first and foremost -- and cracking away early on in the season."

The summer signings of Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar -- for an outlay of around £65million -- have shown Terry that owner Roman Abramovich is committed to further success with the club even after the Champions League final win over Bayern Munich.

Terry added on Abramovich: "He's down at the training ground, he's around the hotel, he wants to know what's going on, what kind of training we are doing.

"It is really refreshing and I think it's good for the new players to see that."

With two more players expected to be signed -- Wigan's Victor Moses for £9m and Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta for £8m are the immediate targets -- which will push the club's spending to more than £80m, Abramovich has continued to signal his intent. Terry said it was important to spend.

"You have to (spend). Even after winning the Champions League it is so important we keep competing," said Terry. "And thankfully we have got an owner who is prepared to do that."