Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has told John Terry and Wayne Bridge to put their feud to one side when Manchester City visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The pair will come to face to face for the first time since news broke of Chelsea skipper Terry's affair with Bridge's ex-girlfriend.
City left-back Bridge is already expected to snub Terry's handshake at the start of the game and the match threatens to boil over if the ex-England and Chelsea team-mates cannot keep their composure.
However Mikel says the two former friends must remain professional and not create more headlines.
Mikel, 22, told The Sun: 'I don't know what is going to happen between them but Terry and Bridgey are adults and must sort themselves out.
'They were best friends for a long time and it is sad that something like this has happened.
'Terry is capable of putting all the fuss behind him but they are both professionals. Then it will be a case on the day of whatever happens, happens.'
Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou agreed and says the talking should be done on the pitch.
Former friends: John Terry and Wayne Bridge will do battle at Stamford Bridge
He said: 'Maybe what has happened is a big story but for us, it is just about playing well."The talking should be about the game and as players, we are more focused on that than on anything that happened in the past.'And I don't know what will happen with England, that is for the boss Fabio Capello to decide.'
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