John Terry hopes key players such as Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba will follow his example and pledge their futures to Chelsea.

The 28-year-old has been a high-profile target of Manchester City this summer and had pointedly remained silent on the matter until he released a statement on Monday insisting he will be staying with the Stamford Bridge club.

Chelsea captain Terry explained: "I was on holiday when I got the call from Peter (chief executive, Kenyon) to tell me about Manchester City. I've been here for 14 years now, I want to keep it that way and win a lot more trophies here."

He added: "I was very flattered and honoured about the bid but I wanted reassurances key players around me, people like Ashley and Didier, who are in for contract talks at the moment, were going to be around.

"I've got three years left on my contract and hopefully if I have a good year they'll be talking to me about a new deal sooner rather than later."

Meanwhile, the England defender told his club's official website, www.chelseafc.com, that he is "really impressed with new manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Terry explained: "I've been really impressed. I've had conversations with him on the training field and his knowledge speaks for itself.

"He has been very successful as a player and a manager and he can relate to the players playing nowadays and I think that will be key in the season ahead of us.

"We are fortunate to have him and everyone is fighting for their places again. For people who were out of the frame last year it's a chance for them to wipe the slate clean and maybe push for a place in the team, so things are buzzing around the camp at the moment."

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