Chelsea's John Terry believes he has 'two or three' years left at top-level football

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Long-serving Chelsea centre-back John Terry believes he can continue playing top-level football for another two or three years and hopes to spend it at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues took just a single point away from Saturday's clash with Stoke City after surrendering a 1-0 lead in west London but maintained their recent unbeaten record in the Premier League.

Terry wasn't present against the Potters due to a hamstring injury, which has now kept him out for five matches, but insists he feels at peak condition and wants to stay at Chelsea.


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He told Sky Sports: "I'm probably feeling in the last three or four years the best physical condition that I've ever been in.

"As a youngster you take it for granted; you eat what you want, you can train, have a rest, but when you get older you can't.

"You can't eat the pastas, the breads, it all goes out of the window. The sleep too. That aspect of it has a big impact, and I've certainly seen the impact of that.

"But listen, I've definitely got two or three years left in me, as I said before I would be gutted if it wasn't for Chelsea, and if not it will be somewhere else for sure."

The 35-year-old has spent the last 21 years of his playing career at Stamford Bridge and won four Premier League titles, five FA Cup's, the Champions League and Europa League in that time, making over 700 appearances.

News that Terry's contract would not be renewed was met by widespread disbelief and shock, with the general consensus being that the Blues should offer their captain a fresh deal.

Terry, however, has accepted the current situation and said that if he does eventually move away, it would be somewhere outside of the Premier League.

"I want to play at the highest level of course," he continued, "obviously for me being Chelsea through and through and a one-club-man I couldn't play for another Premier League club.

"I couldn't do that because of the Chelsea fans and what Chelsea means to me."

Despite their early-season struggles, Terry and co. are starting to find form under interim manager Guus Hiddink having not lost in the league since the Dutchman's arrival.

And vital to that resurgence has been Chelsea's captain, with Terry's experience and leadership playing an important role in keeping spirits high.

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