Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

New deal for Terry

John Terry will remain at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea captain John Terry has signed a one-year contract extension, the Premier League club have announced.

The 33-year-old captain has enjoyed a strong season after being rejuvenated by the return of Jose Mourinho as manager.

Terry, who graduated from Chelsea's academy and made his first-team debut in 1998, has signed a new deal until the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

Next season will be Terry's 17th in the first-team.

The defender, who joined the club age 14, has played 621 games for Chelsea, scoring 57 goals, and has been captain on 490 occasions.

He has won three Premier League titles, the 2012 Champions League, 2013 Europa League, five FA Cups (2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012), two League Cups (2005, 2007) and the Community Shield (2005, 2009).

Terry said on chelseafc.com: "I'm delighted to have signed an extension to my contract with Chelsea taking me into my 20th year with the club.

"I'd like to thank the fans and club for their continued support, and the manager who was instrumental for me the last season."

Offers were forthcoming from elite clubs abroad, but Terry's preference was always to stay at Stamford Bridge.

His current deal was due to expire on June 30, and while his future has been determined, it is still uncertain if two other Chelsea stalwarts will remain at the club next season.

Chelsea's record goalscorer Frank Lampard, who is 36 in June, and Ashley Cole, who may be tempted to play elsewhere after being a peripheral figure this term, are both imminently out of contract.

Mourinho, who presented his end-of-season report to the Chelsea hierarchy on Monday, insisted he wanted all three to stay.

He now has his wish regarding Terry.

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said: "We are very pleased John, who is an undoubted Chelsea legend, will continue to lead the team next season, as he has done for so many years with unrivalled achievement.

"Both Chelsea FC and John have been clear throughout that we wanted his outstanding career at the club to continue, and it is important the matter has been concluded so soon after the end of the season, allowing us to look forward to and plan for 2014/15."

After watching from afar before returning to Stamford Bridge last June, Mourinho wondered if Terry's time was up.

But he gave the skipper from his trophy-laden first spell from June 2004 to September 2007 an opportunity to prove himself and Terry did not disappoint.

The Portuguese described Terry as the Premier League's leading defender earlier this season.

"My captain is playing at the same level as when I left Chelsea in 2007/08," Mourinho said last month ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg with Atletico Madrid.

"Six or seven years later he is playing at his best level. It's fair to say that."

Terry, who made 47 appearances this season, enjoyed such a successful season alongside Gary Cahill that the clamour for him to make himself available for England duty once more grew.

Terry retired from international football in the wake of the Anton Ferdinand race saga and after twice being stripped of the England captaincy.

Last month he ruled out the possibility of an England return.

Terry said: "I'm going to be on my holidays in the summer, I'm going to be nowhere else.

"I've made that very clear. My thoughts are very strong on that - maybe people don't realise how strong."

Indeed, it could be argued making himself unavailable for international duty has prolonged Terry's club career, something which appears now is likely to end at Chelsea.

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