Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Terry Stays at Bridge, but Future Uncertain for Others

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Terry Stays at Bridge, but Future Uncertain for Others

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Byline: Matt McGeehan

CHELSEA and Jose Mourinho secured a first major signing of the summer yesterday as captain John Terry signed a one-year contract extension.

Terry's current deal was due to expire on June 30, but now the 33-year-old will continue to the end of the 2014/15 campaign and in all likelihood end his playing career at Stamford Bridge.

It remains to be seen if record goalscorer Frank Lampard or Ashley Cole will follow suit in signing new deals.

Mourinho, who presented his endof-season report to the Chelsea hierarchy on Monday, had previously insisted the Blues were in no rush to conduct their summer business.

But the Terry deal was completed as a priority, and reports continue to circulate that a transfer has been agreed with Atletico Madrid for striker Diego Costa, while David Luiz is rumoured to be close to an exit.

With Mourinho outlining Chelsea's ambition to challenge for the title this summer the addition of a prolific goalscorer is a must. Retaining Terry was, too, after the defender's rejuvenation under Mourinho.

Terry, who graduated from Chelsea's academy and made his firstteam debut in 1998, paid tribute to the self-proclaimed Special One after agreeing to a 17th season in the first team.

Terry said: "I'm delighted to have signed an extension to my contract with Chelsea taking me into my 20th year with the club. I'd like to thank the fans and club for their continued support, and the manager who was instrumental for me the last season."

Terry, who joined the club age 14, has played 621 games for Chelsea, scoring 57 goals, and has been captain on 490 occasions.

He has won three Premier League titles, the 2012 Champions League, 2013 Europa League, five FA Cups (2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012), two League Cups (2005, 2007) and the Community Shield (2005, 2009).

Offers were forthcoming from elite clubs abroad, but Terry's preference was always to stay at Stamford Bridge.

The futures of two other Chelsea stalwarts are still to be clarified. …

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