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Why John Terry deserves a new contract from Chelsea

Harsh Biyani
941   //    01 Feb 2016, 12:01 IST
John Terry led Chelsea to the Premier League title last season

One of the best defenders to have played in the Premier League and letting him go like this is not acceptable. He deserves another year. John Terry is after all Mr. Chelsea and the club ought to give him what he deserves.

Along with every other Chelsea fan, I had hoped that the club had learnt from the mistake by letting Lampard go and won’t make the same mistake again. But the club proved me and every other fan wrong. You guys are going to commit the same mistake yet again. Why? That’s the question, which every single fan has in mind and no one has an answer to that or has been able to justify the club’s decision.

The Chelsea management has turned this club into a laughing stock. People are laughing at us for not giving John Terry another contract. How do you justify this? You may say he is getting old or cannot match the pace of the Premier League, but even his presence in the dressing room is more than enough to instill among the youngsters a sense of responsibility that they have towards the club.

The 35-year-old’s presence is enough to inspire any youngster to remain positive even in the toughest phase of their career. He is an idol for many young defenders and has come a long way.

He has been with the club for 21 years!! He has seen many ups and downs and hence would be able to guide the players in the right way. Some players are irreplaceable and Terry is one such player. With no hard feeling towards Ivanovic, who has had a tough season so far and yet got a new contract, surely Terry deserves one. He still has it in him to play in the Premier League for a couple more years.

First it was Ashley Cole, second Lampard, and then Drogba followed by Mourinho and finally Terry. In just a few years we have lost the backbone of our club. On top of that, Mourinho and Terry, both gone in the same season. Wow!!!

The news that Terry has not been given a contract extension came in after Chelsea beat MK Dons 5-1. The defender, in his post match comments, confirmed that the club had told him last week, before the Arsenal game, that he was not going to be given a new contract.

“Ideally I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction. It’s not going to be a fairytale ending. I’m not going to retire at Chelsea. I’m going to be playing out my career elsewhere which it took me a couple of days to get over. But like I say, I knew before the Arsenal game and my performance isn’t going to change: the way I train, what I give for the club. I want to give everything and finish on a high, on 100% good terms with the club. We spoke about my legacy and coming back to the club when I finish but the most important thing now is to get us up the league. It’s my last run in the FA Cup so I want to make it a good one. It’s a big season for me and I want to push on – not just in this competition but in the Premier League as well. All I can do is keep my head down and plug on because it’ll be my last year at the club. The club will move on. No player is bigger than the club. Ideally, I would have loved to stay. But the club’s moving in a different direction. No doubt they’ll sign one or two great centre-backs. I want to come back as a Chelsea supporter in years to come with my kids and see the team doing really well. Unfortunately that’s not going to be with me, but I want to see the team do well. It’s going to be my last year and I want to go out at the top. My agent made the call like we do every January. He got told over the phone so I called to set up a meeting the following day. The club immediately set that up, which was great of them to do that. I wanted to hear it face to face. They told me. Unfortunately it’s not going to be. I feel as though I’m in great nick, I’m playing well and I’ve got a couple of years to go.”

When asked about playing for a rival club, Terry replied: “No. I couldn’t do that to the Chelsea fans. I couldn’t play for another Premier League club. It will be elsewhere for sure. I don’t know where and I leave that to the people in charge, but it certainly won’t be in the PL.”

By letting Jose go, many fans turned hostile towards the club and I fear this will only get worse by letting Terry go as well. We ought to learn from other clubs as to how to treat legends. This is something that we lack.

It’s going to be interesting how the fans react to the board’s decision to let go of Terry. Expecting a loot of boos and anti-club banners.

Chelsea means everything to the legendary defender. He eats Chelsea, breaths Chelsea, sleeps Chelsea, Chelsea is his life and by not letting him retire here is being disrespectful to him. He has always given his 100% towards the club. Doesn’t he deserves to retire at Chelsea?

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