Tuesday 27 September 2016

Terry's focus on extending time with Chelsea

Published 27/07/2015 | 02:30

John Terry said he could never play for a Premiership club other than Chelsea
John Terry said he could never play for a Premiership club other than Chelsea

John Terry has targeted another two years at Chelsea and said he could never follow Frank Lampard and Petr Cech by joining a rival Premier League club.

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Terry, 34, is preparing for his 19th campaign as a professional and remains determined to prolong his career with the champions, for whom he played every minute in the league last season.

The Chelsea captain agreed a 12-month contract extension in March, but he is setting his sights on another deal.

Steven Gerrard bid an emotional farewell to Liverpool last season after losing his place as a first-team regular and Terry has conceded that if he was no longer wanted by Chelsea, he would move on.

"I realise one day that my career will come to an end, so I want to give everything these next few years," Terry said. "I am always looking ahead and every summer I work more or less every day to give myself the best chance of playing on."

Terry said he knew the fairy tale would have to end one day. "I could handle being on the bench or not in the team, for sure. People like me and Steven want to play, of course, that is our natural instinct.

"If I felt Chelsea were going to release me or thought I had nothing else to give, but I thought I could, then of course I would still want to continue to play. But that would not be in the Premier League, for sure."

Joining Gerrard and Lampard in Major League Soccer would certainly be a possibility for Terry, but it has been clear during Chelsea's tour of North America that he still believes he can play a huge part for Jose Mourinho.

"If I can keep my form, I am in the side. But if I don't keep my form, he will have no qualms about taking me out and putting someone else in," he said.

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