May 19, 2016

    Terry signs new 1-year deal to extend 21-year stay at Chelsea


    CHELSEA captain John Terry inked a new one-year contract with the Premier League club yesterday to end speculation he would be forced out of Stamford Bridge.

    He sparked fears he was on the verge of leaving Chelsea against his will when he claimed in January he had not been offered an extension to his contract, which was due to expire in June.

    With Italy coach Antonio Conte due to take charge at Stamford Bridge once his Euro 2016 commitments are over, it had been reported Terry could be eased out by the new boss.

    But the 35-year-old former England defender was offered the new deal last week.

    After speaking to Conte and Blues owner Roman Abramovich, he agreed to extend his 21-year stay with Chelsea by at least another season.

    "I am delighted to sign a new contract with the club. Everyone knows I'm Chelsea through and through," he told the club's website.

    Terry, who missed the last two games of the season following his red card at Sunderland, gave an emotional post-match speech to fans on the pitch following Sunday's match against Leicester.

    But when the centre-back cancelled a party due to be held at Stamford Bridge on Monday as part of his presumed farewell, it was clear he was set to stay after all.

    He opted to remain after reportedly considering offers from Chinese clubs Shanghai and Jiangsu Suning, with both said to be dangling lucrative two-year contracts.

    Terry signed for Chelsea at 14 and has made 703 first-team appearances, the third-highest in the club's history, with a club-record 570 of those as captain.