Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that long-time club servant John Terry is going to be handed a new contract, as a reward for the fine form he’s displayed this year.
The speculation has raged on surrounding the ex-England international’s future at Stamford Bridge, with question marks raised over whether or not he would be offered a new deal.
The departures of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard, coupled with the expected exit of Petr Cech, have paved the way for an era of change in west London, and with Terry’s advancing years he’s a prime candidate to make way for new blood.
Terry's new deal
However the 34-year-old has remained a regular fixture in Jose Mourinho’s side alongside Gary Cahill, and has been recently charged with aiding the development of the fledgling Kurt Zouma. Now, as a result of his continued good form, the Chelsea boss has revealed that his skipper will be at the club next season, as relayed by The Independent.
"John accepted that we go year-after-year, with a smile," he said.
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"He accepted the challenge and he won it and he is winning the challenge and the right to get one more year.
"That is what the club wants, that’s what John wants and that is going to happen."
"That is what the club wants, that’s what John wants and that is going to happen"
The last deal?
One would assume that this new contract, which will be a one-year extension in-keeping with Chelsea’s over 30s policy, will be his last as a first-team regular, with Zouma beginning to flourish in his role as a backup option and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane said to be a target of Mourinho’s.
When Terry does eventually hang up his boots it will mark the end of an extraordinary career for the Blues legend; one that has seen him become one of the club’s greatest ever figures. Mourinho will then be tasked with adequately replacing him, though that will inevitably be easier said than done.
The deal itself can only mean good things for Chelsea, with Terry now able to continue helping Zouma’s progress, whilst also serving as a formidable defender at the heart of a water-tight back-line.
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