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.
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.