After enjoying a new lease on life at Stamford Bridge, John Terry has begun contract negotiations with the London club. Such an extension will inevitably involve a pay cut to Terry’s substantial wages, and it remains to be seen whether his loyalty to his club will trump his desire to rake in big dollars.
The resurgence of John Terry comes as somewhat of a surprise. Last season saw him make his fewest appearances for Chelsea in 12 years, and many speculated that his time as a premier league defender might be drawing to an end. The arrival of Mourinho, and a clean bill of health, has changed all that. Particularly, Mourinho is renowned for his love of defensively solidity, and David Luiz has often been a casualty in pursuit of this aim.
Instead, Terry has gone on to form a formidable partnership with Gary Cahill in the heart of the Chelsea defence, leading to their sterling defensive record this season. Mourinho’s men have conceded just 25 goals in 30 matches, and Terry’s presence has had a lot to do with that. With money needing to be spent elsewhere this summer, many would consider it foolish of Chelsea to refuse Terry a contract extension, and risk leaving them short staffed at the back.
This is especially true given Terry’s retirement from international football last year. This freedom from the possibility of injury on international duty, and its associated travel, is a benefit that few other top defenders are likely to possess. Any suitable replacements are, by contrast, likely to be a regular starter for their national side.
Finally, Terry’s role as captain and his ever present influence in the dressing room are unlikely to be overlooked by the Chelsea back room staff. As a result, fans will be hoping that the negotiations over Terry’s contract are short, and ensure that the one club man remains in a blue shirt next season.