May 15, 2014

    Terry to play with Chelsea for another year


    CHELSEA captain John Terry ended speculation over his future by signing a one-year contract extension with the English Premier League club on Tuesday.

    He is said to have turned down lucrative offers from foreign teams to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge after agreeing on a deal that will reportedly pay him in the region of £175,000 (S$368,000) a week.

    The 33-year-old, who is a product of Chelsea's youth academy and made his debut in 1998, has been handed the contract after a superb individual season with the Blues, which saw him return to peak form following the return of boss Jose Mourinho, after losing his place under interim manager Rafael Benitez last term.

    It was initially claimed that Terry would have to take a substantial pay cut to extend his spell at Chelsea into his 17th season as a member of the first team.

    Talks appeared to have stalled late in the season, leaving Terry in the dark over his future.

    But Mourinho had recommended that Chelsea offer Terry a contract extension and, after negotiations resumed last week, he was rewarded for strong performances as the Blues finished third in the league and reached the Champions League semi-final.

    "I'm delighted to have signed an extension to my contract with Chelsea taking me into my 20th year with the club," Terry told Chelsea's website.

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

    Chelsea's recently adopted club policy is to offer one-year deals to players in their 30s upon the expiry of their current agreements and, while Terry had originally asked for a two-year commitment, he has accepted a shorter arrangement on terms that will still leave him as one of the best-paid defenders in the English top flight.

    Terry, who joined the club at 14, has played 621 games for Chelsea, scoring 57 goals, and has been captain on 490 occasions. AFP