At nearly 34 years of age, it would seem that John Terry is as big an asset as you could have in any team.
The fact that he retired from international football when he did seemed to give him a new lease of life at Chelsea, having found the net on a number of occasions this season – which for a centre half can come few and far between.
He continues to be selected for his club in what has proven to be one of the most stable and reliable defences in the premier league this season.
Around the time of his decision to retire internationally he was surrounded by a frenzy of media attention. Terry also suffered a poor campaign under interim boss Rafael Benitez the season before last and speculation was brewing about how much he had left in the tank.
However, since the return of Mourinho he has been first choice and captain in what has been a transitional period for the club. High calibre players have moved on, most notably Ashley Cole, Fernando Torres and record goalscorer Frank Lampard.
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While others departed, Terry remained as one of the most prominent and highly-rated defenders in the Premier League. He is still Mourinho’s top choice to accompany the back line, which throughout the season has consisted of Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic.
Terry has been Chelsea captain for a good while now and has proven that he still has all the attributes to be a top quality footballer. He is a threat in the air and on set pieces, and he provides solidarity and stability to a team that is on course to win the Premier League title by a country mile this season.
The skipper has found himself in the starting line-up for perhaps the most deadly Chelsea team in years, perhaps of all time! It would be an amazing achievement to think that he may once again be able to lift the title at the age of 34 – if he continues to keep his form and stay fit then there is no reason why that won't happen.