Veteran Chelsea captain John Terry signs season-long contract extension

LONDON — Captain John Terry will be at Chelsea for at least one more season after earning a contract extension in recognition of his enduring value to the team.

The 34-year-old Terry remains one of Chelsea’s most consistent and influential players, helping Jose Mourinho’s team establish a six-point lead at the top of the English Premier League.

“This new contract is not to say, ‘Thank you very much,’ ” Mourinho said on Thursday. “It is because John continues to perform. He is a top defender.”

Terry, who has spent his entire career at Chelsea, has made 661 appearances since 1998 and won a 13th major honour in the League Cup final this month.

“After adding another major trophy to my collection this month I hope myself, the players and manager can continue to bring success to our club,” Terry said. “Playing for this great club makes me so proud. And, as always, I would like to thank the fans who have continually supported me.”

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