Conte discusses crucial new role for Terry

John Terry is coming to the end of his illustrious career with Chelsea and injuries have cost him playing time this season, whilst he also appears to be out of favour under new boss Antonio Conte.

Having won everything he possibly can at Stamford Bridge but has struggled to find his place in Conte’s system this season, although he’ll be hoping to force his way into the reckoning in the coming weeks upon his return from injury.

Still captaining the side, Terry will be a crucial part of Chelsea’s squad this season and Conte has spoken of his importance within the squad. Quoted by The Daily Mail, he said:

“Knowing John very well in this period, I’m pleased to know the man, not only the player. I repeat, he is a really important player for us, whether he plays or not. Because he is our captain, he remains our captain, it’s important for me to send the right spirit in the changing room.”

“I hope to have him available to play. But also at the moment it’s important to have him in this role. Now he’s injured, but he’s helping us in every game, coming with us home and away to give the right message. It’s very positive. I think now it’s better to focus on the present, I don’t like to look too far forward. But John is capable of doing different roles in football.”

Chelsea have their fate in their own hands and have currently won nine Premier League matches in a row, their best run of form in a decade, and have the chance to extend their blistering run in this evening’s clash with a struggling Sunderland side.