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Chelsea star slams ‘lazy journalism’ after unjustified media criticism

Chelsea captain John Terry has issued a strong-worded rebuke of journalists who insist that his legs have gone and that he’s slowing down.

The centre-back demonstrated his class once again this weekend as he marked his 700th appearance for Chelsea with a late equaliser as the troubled Pensioners twice fought back to secure a 3-3 draw at home to Everton.

While Terry scored an own goal early in the match to hand the advantage to Everton, he made up for it with the valuable late contribution and a largely inspirational display in the heart of the defence.

The veteran was in and out of the side under Jose Mourinho at the beginning of the campaign, but has demonstrated his worth once again under Guus Hididnk in recent weeks.

Following his intervention this weekend, Terry is convinced that he’s worthy of a new deal at Stamford Bridge and has slammed journalists for suggesting he’s on the decline.

“I certainly think so,” the former England captain insisted, when asked if he felt he’d done enough to justify a new contract, as per Goal.

“When you get to a certain age, there are a lot of people out there who think ‘he’s 35, going on 36 and maybe his legs have gone’,” he continued. “But I have never had legs, it’s as simple as that.

“I have never been quick all my career. For me it’s lazy journalism from everyone. It just gets in their heads. But physically, I probably feel as good as I’ve ever felt in the last two or three years. I’m in the right state of mind. I’m still hungry. I want to win and finish my career here.

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“But I’m not thinking of that. Last year, it was a couple of months from now before things got sorted. For me the most important thing is to get us out of this and up the league table.”

The defender certainly makes a compelling case, and indeed, if his assessment is an accurate reflection of his strengths and weaknesses, then it’s hard to argue why he can’t continue to main his current level of performance for some seasons to come.

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