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Chelsea can’t afford to make this wrong decision in the summer

John Terry Chelsea through and through to his very core, so why would Chelsea not offer him another contract?

He is the most successful captain in Chelsea’s history. As brave as they come and a superb reader of the game, sound technique and distribution make him more than just a defenders’ defender.

Born in east London, Terry has been with Chelsea since the age of 14 and rose through the ranks. With U21 honours, he made his full England debut in 2003 and didn’t announce his retirement until 2012. He was club captain before he was 21-years-old and was made permanent club captain by Jose Mourinho.

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In his unswerving loyalty to the Blues, Terry has won just about every domestic honour and you will recall a suspended John Terry joining in the celebrations in full kit at the Champions League final in 2012.

The very presence of the man, the very nature of his tough, no holds barred, physical approach to the game is what makes football enjoyable. However, there is more to John Terry’s game than merely being one of the best defenders this country has ever seen.

Terry reads the game well and he can pass – in the 2010-11 season Terry was the world’s third best passer, with over 1000 passes and a 91.6% pass accuracy.

He’s also scored some of the Chelsea’s more important goals and although some bad press has followed him throughout his time, he also does a lot of good work with charities.

John Terry announced he would be leaving Stamford Bridge only a few weeks ago, but since then reports have suggested that this affair with Chelsea isn’t over. However, Terry is bound to receive lucrative offers from abroad and with the MLS a retirement home for many, this player still has alot to offer.

There is another possibility, of course. Terry stays in the Premier League and could follow his old boss to Manchester United. The United defence needs someone with the stature and command that John Terry has and so it’s not inconceivable that Old Trafford could be a final destination in a trophy-laden career.

As a long-shot, East End born Terry could go to West Ham, his former boyhood club, but Terry has stated that he wouldn’t stay in the Premier League, so only time will tell.

This is all in the hands of Roman Abramovich and the stand-off at the moment gives Terry time to keep playing his game, putting in the performances that will surely earn him a much deserved contract. The recent long-term injury to Kurt Zouma could also influence any decisions made over the contract.

John Terry was named UEFA Club Defender of the Year in 2005, 2008 and 2009, PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2005, and was included in the FIFPro World XI for five consecutive seasons, from 2005 to 2009. He was also named in the all-star squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the only English player to make the team.  What more does a club want for a player that is already theirs?

So, Mr. Abramovich, John Terry wants it, the fans want it, the Premier League wants it, so please re-consider an extension for a player we don’t see very often.

Article title: Chelsea can’t afford to make this wrong decision in the summer

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