Chelsea captain John Terry has finally put to bed speculations of his exit from Stamford Bridge by putting pen to paper on a new one-year contract at the club.
The new deal takes Terry into his 22nd year at Chelsea, having signed at the age of 14. He has since made 703 first-team appearances, the third-highest in the club’s history, with a club-record 570 of those as captain.
The Blues in a statement on its official website said: “Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce John Terry has signed a new one-year contract.
“The decision has been taken following the appointment of Antonio Conte as the club’s new manager last month, and consultation between Terry, Conte, the owner and the board.” The statement read.
The 35-year centre-half who has been at the since age 14 in his reaction to the new deal said: “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.”
Since his debut in 1998, Terry has won every available major club honour with Chelsea, a trophy haul which includes the Champions League, Europa League, four Premier Leagues, five FA Cups and three League Cups.
In addition to his list of club honours, Terry also won 78 England caps before his retirement from international football in 2012, as well as being voted the PFA Player of the Year in 2005.
Terry has lifted the Chelsea Player of the Year award twice, while appearing in five consecutive FIFPro World XI teams, as voted by his peers. He was also named in last season’s PFA Premier League Team of the Year, his fourth such honor, after playing in all 38 matches of our title-winning campaign.