Monday 24 October 2016

Terry aims for silverware after Chelsea deal

John Terry
John Terry

John Terry has set his sights on helping Chelsea regain their place at the top of the Premier League after signing a one-year contract extension.

The 35-year-old defender had looked on his way out of Stamford Bridge after some 703 first-team appearances, with his current deal set to expire on June 30.

However, following discussions with the club, an agreement has now been reached for the captain to stay on under new manager Antonio Conte next season.

While his exact role, which Terry himself indicated was expected to be "different", has yet to be clarified, there is no doubt of what impact the presence of the man Chelsea supporters describe as 'Captain, Leader, Legend' will have in and around the club again.

Terry was clearly moved by the reaction of fans as he made an emotional speech after the season-concluding 1-1 draw with Leicester, for which he was suspended.

The veteran former England skipper believes both he and Chelsea can make an impact in 2016/2017, having finished 10th this season, and so missing out on European football.

"I am delighted to sign a new contract with the club. Everyone knows I'm Chelsea through and through. I am looking forward to next season under the new manager and hopefully we can make it a successful one," Terry said.

"Also, a special mention to the fans for their continued support. You're the best in the world."

Terry, who joined Chelsea at the age of 14, had been reportedly fielding offers from cash-rich China and the US.

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