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John Terry reveals Mourinho was instrumental in contract decision

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Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed that the faith shown by Jose Mourinho over the course of last season played a massive part in his decision to sign a new contract this afternoon, finally ending speculation over his future.

Terry put pen to paper on a one-year extension with the Blues earlier today, taking his spell at Stamford Bridge into an incredible 17th senior season on the back of arguably one of his finest individual campaigns in a Chelsea shirt.

The 34-year-old has banished memory of a season on the periphery under interim boss Rafael Benitez since Mourinho returned to West London last summer, featuring a whopping 47 times in all competitions and building a solid central defensive partnership with countrymen Gary Cahill.

Mourinho trusts the pair to marshall one of the meanest rearguards in European football and Terry has shared that his support proved to be a decisive factor when deciding his next move, while also thanking the Chelsea fans for their unwavering support.

He told the club's official website: "I'm delighted to have signed an extension to my contract with Chelsea taking me into my 20th year with the club.

"I'd like to thank the fans and club for their continued support, and the Manager who was instrumental for me the last season."

Blues bosses have other contract concerns to deal with now Terry's future has been secured, with fellow Chelsea and England veterans Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole still waiting to learn where they will play next season.

Cole in particular looks likely to find a fresh challenge following a fond farewell with travelling Chelsea fans at Cardiff City last weekend, where he was captain for the afternoon, while Lampard will hope to have his future decided before featuring in this summer's World Cup finals.

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