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Chelsea legend is still a ‘great player’ says Conte

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed that club veteran John Terry will stay on as team captain next season.

The Blues manager reassured the long serving Chelsea captain that his place in the team is safe next season.

Conte was quoted by the Mirror as saying: “Yes, John Terry is the captain of Chelsea when he plays, when he doesn’t play. You are always the captain.

“He’s captain of this team, he’s a great player, with a great personality, with great charisma.”

Conte also revealed that he has enjoyed picking Terry’s brain about the club as he has played over 700 games and is by far the most experienced player in the squad.

“I like to speak to him because he knows the club, the right spirit to play in this club and for me he’s an important player. When a player deserves to play, with me, (they) play,” he added.

Conte was appointed as Chelsea manager following his resignation as Italian national team manager. The 47-year-old manager guided Italy to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016.

The 35-year-old defender was given a one-year contract extension last season and Conte has now reassured him that hi place in the team is safe.

Terry scored one goal and provided a single assist in 33 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions.

Chelsea had a disappointing season finishing the league in 8th place despite going into the league campaign as reigning champions.

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