Chelsea’s captain John Terry, who was always a part of the club’s starting lineup, has fallen down in the pecking order. The 36-year-old defender has spent the majority of the 2016/17 season on the sideline, with just ten appearances in all competitions.
(John Terry – image source: www.chelseafc.com)
Terry’s career went into jeopardy with David Luiz signing for Chelsea for the second time, having left the club to join the French champions Paris-Saint Germain in 2014 for a staggering transfer fee of £50 million transfer fee, making the Brazilian the most expensive defender.
Before the start of the 2016/17 season, Terry’s transfer to the Chinese Super League was imminent, as an undisclosed Chinese club reportedly offered Terry £12-million per season. However, he snubbed the lucrative offer with the aim to lift his fifth, and probably his last Premier League trophy before hanging up his boots.
(John Terry – image source: http://www.facebook.com/johnterry26)
At his current age, Terry undoubtedly is past his peak, and with each passing day, his odds of remaining with the Blues become less. The availability of younger defensive options such as Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Kurt Zouma, it’s unlikely that Terry would have any opportunity to play for the remaining season.
(Antonio Conte – image source: www.facebook.com/ChelseaFC)
Despite keeping Terry benched for the majority of the season, Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte still has faith in the captain. “John is doing great work this season on and off the pitch, he is very important. He is the captain and is working very well and helping me a lot in the changing room to translate the right message. He is an important player for us.” (source: Daily Mirror).
Amid the speculations of a possible transfer or retirement at the end of the season, Terry himself made it evident that he hasn’t given up. “Chelsea is my life. It’s been a dream to me. I’ve a lot to give to the game and to give to the club this season. After that, we will see what happens.” (source: Daily Express).
Currently, Chelsea is at the top spot of the English Premier League table with 66 points, ten points clear off the London-rivals Tottenham Hotspurs, who is second in the table. With 11 matches left to play in the Premier League, Chelsea’s fifth league title is on the cards. Nevertheless, Terry’s future at the club remains uncertain.
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