Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has conceded that he thought John Terry was coming to the end of his career before he returned to the club.
The 34-year-old was an ever-present in the side last season as he led them to a Premier League title, while he was also named in the PFA team of the season for the first time in almost 10 years.
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While Mourinho questioned whether or not he would still be able to play a key role for the club in his first season back in England, he has no such fears now.
“When I came, I came with that question mark: ‘Which John am I going to find?’ What can he do? Can he improve? Can he become close to the John I know?” Mourinho told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview.
“And last season was phenomenal. Phenomenal. I think the best season.”
Mourinho conceded that injuries and a loss of confidence from certain managers resulted in Terry enduring an indifferent year or two while he was in Madrid.
However, since returning, the former England captain has been a consummate professional and although he may have reached the top during Mourinho’s first spell in charge, he is playing a pivotal role for the Portuguese tactician yet again.