Chelsea FC captain John Terry signed a new contract this past summer and continued the trend of the club giving only one year deals to players over 30 years old. That policy caused some friction with long serving Chelsea players like Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole but John Terry has not seemed to take any issue with it. If he has taken issue with it then Terry has done well to keep it from the public eye.
Last season was one of John Terry’s best in a Chelsea shirt and many were surprised to see that he did not make the Premier League Team of the Season. He was his usual calming presence in the backline but also provided his usual leadership to help Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta have career years. Terry was at the heart of the stingiest defense in the Premier League by 10 goals and as Jose Mourinho said, it was John’s performance that earned him the contract and not his reputation.
“The contract John got was only based on performances, not his status or his captaincy, just performances. We think this way is a very good way of dealing with these kinds of players. John knows me and he knows the club. He just has to be worried about performing.
I don’t remember a better season than the one he just had. That’s the point. Last season he had one minor injury. He played basically every match, and at a very high level. When you have a player able to perform during the whole season it’s because you believe that the next season he can do the same.”
Source: Sky Sports
Chelsea FC have their fair share of young centerbacks itching to take on the role of John Terry. Tomas Kalas, Kurt Zouma, and Andreas Christensen are all prospects for the future but if Terry continues playing at the same high level, there is no reason to look to them just yet. There is no reason to believe that John Terry cannot replicate his performances from last season if the club does everything in its power to keep him fit.
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