Many players tend to perform much better under certain managers as their methods work wonders. And John Terry could go into that category.
Of course, he’s been consistently good quality throughout his career. But, before last season, there were question marks about his long term fitness and some thought that he was in a terminal decline.
But the arrival of Jose Mourinho, for a second stint at Chelsea, has been amazing for the career of Terry. He’s recovered his physical prowess and gone up a notch in terms of performance level to once more become indispensable at the club.
And now there is talk of a new deal for the 33 year old. The Express reports:
Terry, 33, signed a one year deal in May, just as several other Chelsea veterans like Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were jettisoned by the club.
But the former England defender is having another superb season under Mourinho’s management, and last night the Portuguese said: “It’s not time to speak about it, but he knows what I think.”
Jose clearly wants Terry to remain at Chelsea beyond this season. But the big wrangle over contracts for players in their 30s tends to be the length of that deal. Clubs want to hedge their bets and minimise expenditure by offering rolling yearly contracts, whereas the players want more security while they have bargaining power.
He nearly went to Manchester City a few years back. But, realistically, it’s difficult to imagine him leaving Chelsea. Especially with Jose at the helm.
Chelsea fans: would you like the club to offer Terry a new, long term deal?