Chelsea captain John Terry has extended his contract until the end of the 2015/16 campaign.
The 34-year-old’s existing deal was set to expire at the end of this season, with his new contract in line with Chelsea’s policy of offering players over the age of 30 only one-year deals. Terry has been in outstanding form this season as Chelsea have established a six-point lead in the Premier League and clinched the League Cup.
“This new contract is not to say ‘thank you very much’; it is because John continues to perform,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told the club’s official website. “He is a top defender. I am happy that he completely deserves this new contract after a season where he has already played 40 matches.”
The Portuguese boss had previously stated his intention to keep Terry on for another season after the League Cup triumph in March. Terry added: “I’m delighted to have signed an extension to my contract with Chelsea. “After adding another major trophy to my collection this month I hope myself, the players and manager can continue to bring success to our club. “Playing for this great club makes me so proud. And as always I would like to thank the fans who have continually supported me.”
Terry joined Chelsea as a schoolboy in 1995 and has made 661 appearances, the third highest for the Londoners behind Ron Harris (795) and Peter Bonetti (729). Not only has he been an imposing presence at the back, he has also been a constant threat at set pieces in opposition penalty areas. One-club-man Terry has a remarkable goal record for a defender, having netted 63 times for Chelsea.