Chelsea captain John Terry is not taking his position in the side for granted despite playing every minute in last season's Premier League title campaign.
The Blues legend has been an ever-present in the first team at Stamford Bridge for 15 years and remains an integral part of the side under manager Jose Mourinho during his second spell at the club.
With Terry's form showing no signs of dipping, the 34-year-old is set to be crucial to his club once again this term. However, he knows that should his level drop at any stage, 'the Special One' would have no issue dropping him from the starting XI.
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"I am not taking anything for granted. The manager has said if I can keep my form, I am in the side. But, if I don’t keep my form, he will have no qualms about taking me out and putting someone else in," Terry told The Guardian.
"We have an honest relationship, I don’t doubt that he trusts me. Hopefully I can repay that, because he has been superb to me. I will give him everything.
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"And he has been a father figure in my career so I owe him an awful lot. I realise one day that my career will come to an end so I want to give everything these next few years."
In giving everything, Terry revealed that his pre-season workouts begin almost immediately at the end of the previous season, with the centre back constantly working to maintain his fitness levels.
The former England skipper doesn't want to leave anything to chance in west London and always wants to be in the best possible shape for the start of the season - which on this occasion comes on Saturday, 8th August against Swansea City.
"Every summer I work more or less every day to give myself the best chance. If it comes to that point where I am left out of the side, I know it’s not through any fault of not trying," concluded Terry.
Chelsea first face Barcelona in their final pre-season friendly of the North American tour on Tuesday night, before meeting Arsenal in the FA Community Shield on Sunday.
After the Blues' opening league encounter against the Swans, they then travel to Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion during a tricky opening month of the season.