John Terry staying is crucial for Antonio Conte at Chelsea

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Chelsea fans will be delighted with the news that John Terry has been offered a one-year extension. 

The club captain has disclosed to ESPN that the proposed offer is in a different role to the one he has in the squad currently, and it is believed he will have to take a significant pay-cut and play in far less games if he accepts. 

It is quite possible that incoming manager Antonio Conte's persistence has led the club to offer a contract to the veteran. So, why does the Italian want Terry to commit his future to the west London outfit?


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New environment 

If we roll back a few years when Conte took charge of Juventus, he guided them back to Serie A glory, winning three successive league titles, each more spectacular than the last. 

Yet, at Juventus, he was already familiar with the philosophy of the side, having previously spent 13 years with the Bianconeri as a player. That meant he did not require someone like Terry at his disposal. 

With a move to the Premier League, joining one of the most prestigious clubs in the country, the 46-year-old will venture into an environment very different to his native country. 

Conte needs guidance 

Terry has spent nearly 21 years with the Blues, playing all his professional football at Stamford Bridge and winning every possible trophy at club level.

Having someone like him in the team could ease the pressure on Conte, who will be able to seek guidance from the former England international as he familiarises himself with the culture of the English top flight. 

The Italy boss is renowned for being pragmatic, and will not accept being second best. His character is, therefore, similar to that of the centre-back. By working alongside Conte, Terry can provide useful insights that will help the club as well as the new coach. 

A manager in the making? 

Terry has previously said he would like to pursue a managerial role himself one day, and having played under greats like Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, he can also learn a lot from Conte, who could have a huge influence on him. 

For now, though, Conte needs a leader in the dressing room, and Terry can serve that purpose. 

Still regarded as a quality centre-half despite his age, he managed to feature in 33 games in all competitions this term. 

However, the former England captain should not presume that he will be a starter, as he will perhaps be a bigger force off the pitch than on it. 

Put simply, Conte and Terry will definitely compliment each other, and together they can play a role in putting Chelsea back among the elites of world football. 

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