Chelsea captain John Terry has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal with the club despite many expecting him to leave this summer.
The veteran defender’s previous deal was set to expire at the end of the season, and with a lack of talks until recently, it appeared as though he was set to bid an emotional farewell to the club that he has represented for over two decades.
However, the goodbyes will now be put on hold for another year at least, and the former England international was delighted to continue his career with the club.
Terry told the club’s official website: “I am delighted to sign a new contract with the club. 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.”
Having made over 700 appearances for the Premier League outfit during the course of his career, Terry’s experience will be seen as an important factor for incoming boss Antonio Conte this summer.
The Italian tactician would have undoubtedly been part of the discussion over whether or not a new deal should be offered to the 35-year-old, and the announcement that a new contract has been agreed upon will naturally be a big boost for all concerned.
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