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Jose Mourinho and John Terry have healed the rift that had been one of the key factors behind Chelsea’s wretched start to the season, Football Insider sources understand.
The relationship between the manager and captain was initially damaged when Mourinho substituted Terry at half-time in the Blues’ 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on 16 August.
Given Terry’s influence in bonding the dressing room, it had the knock-on effect of developing cliques and creating divisions between groups of players.
But a Chelsea source has told Football Insider that the relationship between Mourinho and Terry has now been fully repaired and the atmosphere within the Blues’ dressing room is more harmonious than it has been for some time.
Nevertheless, Mourinho had a furious tunnel bust-up with Diego Costa at half-time during Chelsea’s 4-0 win at Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Tuesday.
The Portugese played it down afterwards and said they had made up with “kisses and cuddles” after the row.
Witnesses said Terry had been one of those who held Costa back from remonstrating further with his manager in the tunnel.
Mourinho will be pleased to have his captain back on board following a catastrophic run of defeats that had left his job hanging by a thread.
The Premier League champions have won their last two matches after a run of three consecutive Premier League defeats, and head in to Sunday’s London derby against Tottenham at White Hart Lane with a degree of momentum.
Terry, who has won back his regular starting place after being dropped earlier in the season, will undergo a late fitness test on the ankle injury he sustained in Israel.
Despite the repaired relationship between manager and captain, the defender, who turns 35 next month and is out of contract at the end of the season, is sweating on his future at the club he has spent his entire career.