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Terry to remain at Chelsea until 2015

ESPN staff
May 13, 2014
John Terry's Chelsea future was uncertain but Jose Mourinho called for him to stay at the club © Getty Images

Chelsea captain John Terry has signed a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge.

Terry's previous terms were due to expire in the summer and it was uncertain whether the 33-year-old would prolong his stay in West London. However, on Tuesday the club confirmed an agreement has been reached with the central defender.

Speaking to the club's official website, Terry indicated the return of Jose Mourinho had been a major factor in both the upturn of his form and his decision to put pen to paper.

"I'm delighted to have signed an extension to my contract with Chelsea taking me into my 20th year with the club," Terry said.

"I'd like to thank the fans and club for their continued support, and the manager who was instrumental for me the last season."

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said: "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.

"Both Chelsea FC 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 has made a total of 621 starts for Chelsea in all competitions and this campaign he has impressed in the heart of Jose Mourinho's defence.

Chelsea conceded the least goals in the Premier League - 27 in 38 matches - as Terry and team-mate Gary Cahill formed a solid partnership.

Experienced duo Ashley Cole, who retired from international football on Sunday, and Frank Lampard's current deals are also due to expire in the summer but Mourinho recently hinted they may stay at the club.

One player that could be leaving west London is Terry's defensive counterpart David Luiz, who is reportedly set for a £30 million move to Barcelona after this summer's World Cup.

Mourinho, who insisted Chelsea will win the Premier League title next year, is intent on strengthening his side this summer, which could centre around a £32m move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

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