Belfast Telegraph

Terry thinking beyond next season

John Terry wants to win more trophies and more contracts with Chelsea after extending his stay at Stamford Bridge.

Terry on Thursday signed a one-year extension to his deal, committing to the Premier League leaders until the end of the 2015-16 season.

The Blues announced the skipper's new contract three weeks after manager Jose Mourinho guaranteed Terry would be at Chelsea next term.

The 34-year-old's existing deal was set to expire at the end of this season and the new contract is in line with Chelsea's policy of offering those over the age of 30 only one-year deals.

Terry hopes to stay at Chelsea for some time to come.

Terry told Chelsea TV: "It's been a great couple of years for me. My form has been good and I've earned the contract, so I'm delighted to stay for another year. And hopefully there could be a few more years after this."

The central defender, who has retired from England duty, lifted the Capital One Cup with Chelsea on March 1 - his 13th major honour with the Blues - and hopes to add the Premier League title.

Chelsea entered the international break with a six-point advantage over nearest rivals Manchester City and with a game in hand.

"Hopefully there's many more (trophies)," Terry added.

"That's a massive part of why I'm staying. I want to win trophies. I want to remain in the side, of course, and for me to get to 14 (trophies), 15, that's my target.

"We're very close at the moment. We still need to get over the line. It's going to be tough. The Hull game (a 3-2 win last weekend) showed how tough it's going to be.

"To get that big one at the end of the season would be fantastic. Then we can regroup and go again next year. I'm delighted to be here and hopefully there's going to be many more."

Terry has made 661 appearances for the Blues, scoring 63 goals and winning the Champions League, Europa League, three Premier League titles and five FA Cups.

Asked if he could close in on Ron Harris' club record of 795 appearances, Terry added: "I didn't think it was possible. I'm not sure now. It's still a long way.

"Lamps (Frank Lampard) is not here any more. It's down to me to hopefully stay fit, stay in the team and hopefully there will be more contracts to enable me to get closer."

Terry appeared to be being phased out at Chelsea under Mourinho's predecessor, Rafael Benitez, with injuries contributing to a lack of match action.

Lampard and Ashley Cole left after lengthy stays at Stamford Bridge at the end of last season, but Terry was given a new contract less than 48 hours after the close of Mourinho's first term back at Chelsea.

The former England captain, who graduated from Chelsea's academy and made his first-team debut in 1998, has been rejuvenated by the return of the Portuguese, who says the deal has been earned on merit.

Mourinho said: "This new contract is not to say 'thank you very much'; it is because John continues to perform. He is a top defender.

"I am happy that he completely deserves this new contract after a season where he has already played 40 matches."

Terry is a great survivor; the new deal will take him into his 20th season with Chelsea.

"It's a dream for me. I always set targets and still do so now. To be where I am and I look back, I've come a long way," he added.

"We've seen so many players come and go over the years, but to be a mainstay and keep my place and stay fit and my form great as well has been key to that.

"Having that main core of world-class players who have won and wanted to win on a daily basis, which the manager brings every day to this football club. That's one of the main reasons why we're still succeeding."

Terry attributed his longevity to "hunger, hard work, wanting to win" and said Mourinho has had a key role in his desire.

"The honesty that he had with me when he first took over, basically: 'play well and stay in the team. If not there will be other players that will come in and step in'," Terry added.

"He just demands that from everyone on a daily basis. You never know if you're in his good books or if you're in his bad books.

"He's certainly the best I've worked with. Delighted to have him back.

"He's doing everything right at the moment. We're top of the league and everyone's hungry.

"It's difficult because we've got a big squad of players so to keep everyone happy is a tough job, but he manages to do it."

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