Chelsea skipper, John Terry has declared that wants a new deal with the Blues as he is more than ever ready to finish his career at Stamford Bridge.
At 35 years, Terry has continued to show he could still bring something to the table for Chelsea hence he is now haggling for at least a year contract extension.
Terry has spent his entire pro career with the Londoners apart from a brief loan at Nottingham Forest in 2000 and over the weekend he scored an own goal to give the Toffees the lead but popped up at the other end to score a dramatic, albeit offside, back-heel equaliser deep into stoppage time.
Asked if he sees himself still being at Chelsea next season Terry, whose deal expires in the summer, said: “I certainly think so.
“I think when you get to age, there are a lot of people out there saying ‘He’s 35, almost 36, maybe his legs have gone.’ I’ve never had legs (!), it’s as simple as that. I’ve never been quick, all my career.
“Everyone gets it in their heads but physically I’m feeling as good as I’ve ever felt for the last two, three years. I’m still in the right state of mind, I’m still hungry. I want to be here — I want to finish my career here, of course.”
Interestingly, interim boss Guus Hiddink is on the same page with Terry as he reckons that Blues skipper deserves another year and remains as good as ever.
“If I’m asked, I will give my honest opinion about his contract. If I say what I’m saying now, spontaneously out of my heart, then you can imagine what I think.
“For me, there’s not much difference between John in 2009 and now. For me, you would have to underline that with data. You have to make tests that show he has lost some speed, but with the eye I cannot see that.
“He’s fit, he trains well and takes care of himself, which you have to do at that age. I cannot see that he is slowing down at all. He needs six more games to have played 700 for Chelsea and I think he will make that!”
It is yet to be seen how the Chelsea hierarchy will react to Terry’s plea for contract extension even though unconfirmed reports suggest the Blues are already in the market to shop for a replacement for the former England international.