Unlike his ex-teammate Petr Cech, John Terry is chasing titles, not dollars. Which of the two will finish higher on the table this year?
Chelsea may have had the fewest losses of any club last year, but Father Time is undefeated – so John Terry intends to retire on his own terms with Chelsea when he comes calling.
In an interview with the Guardian, the Chelsea captain pledged that he wouldn’t follow the career path of his ex-teammate Petr Cech (unless Chelsea decided to get rid of him) and plans to finish his storied career at Stamford Bridge.
“Petr Cech was a model professional last year and that is why he got the move he wanted, because of how well he reacted around the place,” Terry said. “I have seen other players go the other way. I certainly would go down the Petr route and continue giving everything to the squad.
Cech was the starting goalkeeper for Chelsea for 333 Premier League matches over more than a decade with the club, but was sold to bitter-rival Arsenal on a £10 million shock deal several weeks ago. Cech and Terry won 4 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, the Champions League and Europa League during that his tenure at Stamford Bridge.
“If I then felt Chelsea were going to release me or thought I had nothing else to give, but I thought I could, then of course I would still want to continue to play. But that would not be in the Premier League.”
The 34-year-old Terry is coming off a strong season as the starting center back for the Blues, winning team of the year honors for his fourth time as Chelsea went on to win the Premier League title. Terry has played his entire 17-year career at Chelsea (not counting a very brief loan spell in 2000 with Nottingham Forest) and has made 459 appearances for the club.