Terry won't demand big-money signings

LONDON: Chelsea captain John Terry insists he won't use his influence at Stamford Bridge to pressure new boss Carlo Ancelotti into making big-money buys.

Recent reports suggested Terry demanded assurances that Chelsea were still committed to signing high-profile players before he decided to spurn Manchester City's advances last month.

The England defender was persuaded to stay after talks with Blues owner Roman Abramovich, after which Terry spoke of his relationship with the Russian in glowing terms.

But Terry was was quick to play down talk that he was pressing Abramovich and Ancelotti to sign the likes of AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo.

"I want to clear something up. I'm a player and it's the manager and board who make those decisions," Terry told the Daily Mirror.

"The only thing I spoke about with the club was it was important people like Didier Drogba and Ashley Cole, whose contracts are up now, stay with us.

"It was important to me that we build around the current squad and it was right for them to stay.

"Now people are saying I'm asking for Andrea Pirlo to be signed and I'm asking for this player or that player to be signed. I promise you I never get involved in any players brought in or going.

"What I know 100 per cent is I'm a player and I want to concentrate on that and leave it to the manager and board to make the signings."