Forget those stories about John Terry finishing out his career in China or MLS. For now at least, those plans as been put on hold as the Chelsea captain has signed a new new one-year contract with the club.
Terry will be able to add to his 703 appearances for the Blues after agreeing terms on a further 12-month stay, as he enters his 22nd year with the London club.
Terry is set to take a reduction in wages as part of his new contract, which will be incentivized by the number of appearances he makes.
According to reports, new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has told Terry that he will play less next season, something that the 35-year-old Terry is finally ready to accept. While JT has spoken of his desire to manage Chelsea some day, no formal coaching role is part of this contract.
‘I am delighted to sign a new contract with the club,’ Terry said in a club statement.
‘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.
‘Also, a special mention to the fans for their continued support. You’re the best in the world.’
He also took to social media to thank friends, family and fans.
‘Thank you to my wife Toni, the club and all the players and management for your support,’ he wrote on Instagram.
‘I want to say a special thanks to the fans for your unbelievable support throughout my career and especially on Sunday that will stay with me forever.
‘I am Chelsea through and through and I’m looking forward to working under the new manager.’
The contract extension completes a remarkable turn of events since Terry was summoned to Stamford Bridge last week for a meeting with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
The former England captain had been resigned to leaving the club he joined from school and had even started to organize his farewell, hiring the pitch for a game and party with family and friends.
But something changed without the corridors of power at Chelsea and John Terry will be back for at least one more season. Is that a good thing Chelsea fans?