Chelsea captain John Terry is undoubtedly one of the best players to ever don a Blues shirt, but with the new seasoning approaching, how will the legend cope as one of the remaining ‘old guard’?
With Ashley Cole leaving for Roma and Frank Lampard currently a free agent after being released by Chelsea, it leaves 33-year-old Terry as the last of a dying breed to fend for his place in what might be his last season at the club.
But the Chelsea legend, who has made a staggering 621 appearances for the club in his 16-year stay at Stamford Bridge, is ready to show what he is made of after securing a one-year contract extension.
The well-known leader has begun his pre-season training before anyone else after a long break and rest because of no international football, giving him a head start on all the other players, as he has a desire to play on for as long as he can.
“Things change. Players get older and move on. One day it is going to be me," he told reporters. "I’m certainly going to be giving my all to make sure it is not at the end of this season.
“It’s an important year for me. Obviously I got a year’s contract and it’s dependable on how I do again this year, so it’s on me and I quite like that pressure. Hopefully we can go again.”
And go again they do, with the pre-season tour of Europe in full flow and the new campaign just around the corner, kicking off against Premier League new boys Burnley.
But with one eye on the future, what will happen at Chelsea once Terry does finally hang up his boots?
It will certainly be a huge void to fill for Mourinho and at the minute Chelsea have Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma as fully-fledged centre back players to accompany Terry.
Varane: Perfect replacement?
This will need to change before Terry is to retire, with many reports linking Frenchman Raphael Varane as a possible transfer.
Varane would be perfect alongside Cahill or Zouma for when Terry leaves, but until then the captain will lead his side in search of the Premier League title once again.
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