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Gary Neville defends John Terry after Chelsea substitution

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Gary Neville has moved to defend John Terry after the Chelsea defender was subbed for the first time ever by Jose Mourinho during the Blues' 3-0 defeat against Manchester City on Sunday.

Terry played just 45 minutes at the Etihad Stadium before being replaced by Kurt Zouma. The Blues captain looked less than impressed as he watched his side slump from being 1-0 down at half-time to a three goal deficit by the full-time whistle.

Ever since there's been speculation over Terry's future at Stamford Bridge, while reports this morning claim that Chelsea have had a £30 million offer for his potential replacement, Everton's John Stones, turned down.

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However Neville is adamant that Terry, who made the PFA Team of the Year last time round, still has plenty still to offer Chelsea before he calls time on his career.

Speaking on Monday Night Football after the defeat against Manchester City, the former Manchester United defender said: "John Terry is 34, and this is going to happen.

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"He’ll wake up this morning and the world’s ending, his career’s over – but I saw Jamie Carragher sit on the bench for Liverpool for 18 months, I’ve seen the same with myself when I was substituted three times within 55 minutes in my last year at United.

"I saw it with Steve Bruce at the end of his career at United, when I was playing alongside him, or with Tony Adams for England, or with Laurent Blanc. It happens.

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"There will be certain games where, as a 34-year-old centre-back, other players will need to start to be phased in. My genuine belief is that it's not the end of the world for John Terry. It was a big shock to him yesterday, and it's almost like a public embarrassment - we've been there. But I don't buy into the fact that his career's over."

Neville's Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher also believes that Terry is far from done, insisting that the veteran defender 'can help' get them back in the title race.

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