Chelsea must keep John Terry and partner him with Kurt Zouma

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There's no doubt about it, John Terry will eventually agree to extend his stay at Chelsea, won't he? 

Well, based on performances alone, the 'Captain, Leader, Legend' that is John Terry will probably be sticking around at Stamford Bridge for a little while longer least until the end of next season anyway. 

Up until now, though, the club have still not agreed a new deal with their veteran centre-back, and he kindly reminded us of that after Chelsea secured a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in France on Tuesday night. 

After the showdown, as reported by the Mirror, the Blues skipper told reporters: “Last year I was a bit nervous and knocking on the door myself. But I know their position and they know mine. I want to stay. Hopefully, my displays are showing that and they want to keep me.

“I’ll be happy with another year and then we’ll see how we go year by year. I’ve not got much choice. No talks have happened between myself and the club, but we both respect each other’s position.”

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Negotiations, then, should be a formality, and Terry looks likely to remain at the Bridge. Ideal. Unlike those before him, it's not time for the club's captain to part ways with the club just yet. Why? Because he's still as good as ever. 

Terry is still class 

The skipper, who currently earns a reported £150,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge, has arguably been the best defender in the Premier League this season. Is there anyone that even comes close to him?

To many Belgian ace Vincent Kompany is the best in the division, but the Manchester City man has dipped in and out of form while struggling with injury for a while now. The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham, meanwhile, have all had their struggles in the defensive department. 

None of Chelsea's rivals have a leader in the mould of Terry. He has never particularly relied on his pace, so that attribute is near enough irrelevant as he continues to approach the latter years of his career. 

He's not just a tough tackling commander of the back-line, he's also a clam figure: those around him must feel assured in his presence. 

Zouma to become a star 

And that brings me on nicely to the ever impressive Kurt Zouma. The Frenchman, despite being just 20-years-old, has already proven strong competition for England international Gary Cahill this term - and there's a reason for that: Zouma is set for stardom. 

There's no doubt about it, he's already proving that he has an extremely bright future ahead of him under the guidance of Jose Mourinho. 

It was the Manchester City game, when the Blues boss threw his talented youngster in at the deep end, that people really started to take notice on the defender. He looked comfortable playing against arguably the Premier League's best striker in Sergio Aguero. 

In fact, after the clash he was even compared to club legend Marcel Desailly. Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy said:

"He reminds me of France legend and former AC Milan and Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly with his power and presence, but the greatest quality he demonstrated against City was his calmness for his age - he did not once look panicked."

Zouma won't be getting carried away, but he has the potential to achieve great things at one of England's biggest clubs. 

Play Zouma and Terry 

Mourinho, then, should continue to use Zouma on a regular basis at the Bridge. In fact, the time may have even come for the Blues boss to make Zouma and Terry his No.1 partnership at the club. 

What could go wrong? Zouma has the pace and strength, while Terry has the sense of positioning and experience. Between them they are a match made in heaven, aren't they...

And, it's an obvious statement really, but Zouma will only improve with Terry at his side. A year or so next to the Blues captain will do him wonders as he continues his progression in the game. In fact, there's no reason why Mourinho and Terry can't mould Zouma into the club's next captain. He is that good. 

Chelsea fans: Do you agree? Should Zouma start alongside Terry on a regular basis? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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