Chelsea skipper John Terry, set to accept one-year deal


John Terry is ready to accept a one-year contract at Chelsea if it means prolonging his playing career at Stamford Bridge. The club captain, showing some of the best form of his career, comes to the end of his current five-year, £150,000-a-week deal in June. Terry, 33, had wanted a two-year deal, but was told Chelsea policy for players over the age of 30 is to offer only 12 months. He has accepted this and is hoping to start his 17th season as a professional with Chelsea in August. The centre back, the last Chelsea player to establish himself in the first team having come through the academy, is already in line to be the club’s player of the year. It is even possible Terry will be PFA player of the year. Voting for the award takes place next month. He was outstanding in the 1-0 victory at Manchester City on Monday and has played every minute of all 24 Barclays Premier League fixtures under Jose Mourinho. The manager has assured Terry his contract will be taken care of by the summer, but the defender wants the situation resolved before then. Terry’s appetite to continue at Chelsea can only have been strengthened by the victory at the Etihad, which highlighted Mourinho’s tactical genius and unmatched attention to detail.

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