London - Chelsea captain John Terry ended speculation over his future by
signing a one-year contract extension with the English Premiership club on
Terry is said to have turned lucrative offers from
foreign teams to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge after agreeing a
deal that will reportedly pay him in the region of £175 000-a-week.
33-year-old, who is a product of Chelsea's youth academy and made his
debut in 1998, has been handed the contract after a superb individual
season with the Blues, which saw him return to peak form following the
return of boss Jose Mourinho, after losing his place under interim
manager Rafael Benitez last term.
It was initially claimed Terry
would have to take a substantial pay cut to extend his spell at Chelsea
into his 17th season as a member of the first team.
Talks appeared to have stalled late in the season, leaving Terry in the dark over his future.
Mourinho had recommended that Chelsea offer Terry a contract extension
and, after negotiations resumed last week, he has been rewarded for
strong performances as the Blues finished third in the league and
reached the Champions League semi-finals.
"I'm delighted to have
signed an extension to my contract with Chelsea taking me into my 20th
year with the club," Terry told Chelsea's website.
"I'd like to thank the fans and club for their continued support, and the manager who was instrumental for me the last season."
recently adopted club policy is to offer one-year deals to players in
their 30s upon the expiry of their current agreements and, while the
player had originally asked for a two-year commitment, he has accepted a
shorter arrangement on terms that will still leave him as one of the
best paid defenders in the English top-flight.
executive Ron Gourlay added: "We are very pleased John, who is an
undoubted Chelsea legend, will continue to lead the team next season, as
he has done for so many years with unrivalled achievement.
Chelsea and John have been clear throughout that we wanted his
outstanding career at the club to continue, and it is important the
matter has been concluded so soon after the end of the season, allowing
us to look forward to and plan for 2014-15."
Terry, who joined the club age 14, has played 621 games for Chelsea, scoring 57 goals, and has been captain on 490 occasions.
has won three Premier League titles, the 2012 Champions League, the
2013 Europa League, five FA Cups, two League Cups and the Community
Terry, who made 47 appearances this season, enjoyed such a
successful season alongside Gary Cahill that there was talk he might
make himself available for England duty.
Terry retired from
international football in the wake of the Anton Ferdinand race saga and
after twice being stripped of the England captaincy.
month he ruled out the possibility of an England return and wasn't named
in Roy Hodgson's squad for the tournament in Brazil.
future resolved, attention will now turn to Frank Lampard and Ashley
Cole -- fellow Chelsea legends who are also out of contract during the
A similar deal to Terry's is said to be on the table
for England midfielder Lampard, though it remains to be seen whether
Mourinho's desire to retain Cole, who this week retired from
international football after being left out of England's World Cup
squad, is recognised by the club's board.