Chelsea Captain Praises Paolo Di Canio

Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio

Chelsea skipper John Terry has praised Paolo Di Canio in the build-up to the Italians first game in charge of Sunderland at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

Di Canio has come under heavy criticism in recent days for his political views but Terry insists the new Black Cats boss was nothing but a gentleman to him when the pair played against each other.

Sunderland’s appointment of Di Canio caused a stir but it is a gamble that could pay off for the North East side who are on the brink of the relegation zone.

Terry has claimed that the former West Ham and Celtic striker often tried to help him out after a game and gave him tips on how to improve as a player.

The former England international has praised Di Canio as a player but wouldn’t comment on any political views.

“I can only speak highly of him,” Terry told The Sun.

“I played against him when he was at Charlton. His movement was fantastic and I found he was just a real nice guy on the pitch.

“I was only young at the time when I was playing against him when he was at West Ham and sides like that.

“He always spoke to me after games and said ’listen, maybe you should do this and do that’ which was really nice at the time.

“A two-word sentence was enough and something I learned from.”

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