Chelsea defender John Terry scored the equaliser against Tottenham in the 1-1 draw during the weekend. After the match, he earned the praise of manager José Mourinho, who has said that if Terry continues to play in the same way he will soon earn a new contract. The future of Terry was much speculated during the previous regime of Rafa Benitez. He was not selected for most of the matches under the Spaniard, but he has found himself back into the first-team for the regular basis under the regime of Mourinho.
Mourinho and Terry famously fell out with each other during the last days of the Portuguese in his first spell at the club, but it seems that they have made up their differences. The 32-year-old has been an ever present for Chelsea in the Premier league this season. Mourinho has said that Terry need not worry about his future at the club because such performances will make the club offer a new contract, while he will also not find shortage of takers if he decides to move elsewhere.
Terry has been at Chelsea throughout his career apart from a short loan spell at Nottingham Forest. He is regarded as one of the most influential players in the dressing room.
“I think he always has a future the way he is playing – he has a future in here (at Chelsea), in China, or wherever he wants to have a future. I have always told him from day one – don’t speak (publicly) about signing a new contract, just speak about working very hard from a physical point of view so you don’t have the same kind of problems you have had in the past two years and then you play regularly,” said Mourinho after the 1-1 draw, which left Chelsea in the fourth place.
New England manager Roy Hodgson has said that his first and foremost priority is to look at the situation regarding Chelsea captain John Terry and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. Rio Ferdinand and John Terry are involved in a race issue over the allegations that the Chelsea defender racially abused the brother of Rio Ferdinand – QPR defender Anton Ferdinand – in a match between the two clubs earlier in the season. The former West Brom manager signed a new contract with the English FA, which will keep him in the job till Euro 2016. Even though the 33-year-old Rio Ferdinand has not been the best of form for Manchester United, Roy Hodgson says that he regards the former West Ham defender to be a great influence in the squad.
As a result, he will be personally try to solve the situation regarding John Terry and Rio Ferdinand. A trial for John Terry is not scheduled after the end of the European Championships. However, Roy Hodgson will have to name his final squad for the Euro 2012 by May 14, and many are having a bet Euro 2012 is a success. Former England manager Fabio Capello resigned from the job after falling out with the English FA over the same issue. John Terry was sacked as the England captain for the second time after being accused of racism.
“I’ll have to get in touch with John and Rio to speak with them, hopefully face to face, and find out where they are in this situation. And not just those two. I’ll have to speak to as many senior players as I can. Until such time as I’ve actually spoken to them and found out where they stand in relation to the current situation, it would be wrong of me to comment,” Hodgson said regarding the situation surrounding John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.
Chelsea have always been reknown for their team spirit, with many of the most famous Blues players over the years putting the club’s interests ahead of their own. Frank Lampard has portrayed this talent for the Blues of late, when he admitted that there was no hard feelings that he wasn’t getting into the first team, and that he just wanted what was best for the club.
He has struggled to get into the first XI on a regular basis since new boss Andre Villas-Boas came in, but Lampard has never been one to moan about the lack of opportunities. He went on to say that he feels completely at home when playing for Chelsea and has never had any issues with them earlier – allaying any fears from fans that he might be moving on to a new club in the January transfer window. There have been rumours that AVB was keen to get new blood in, and that it might be time for Lampard, and his massive contract, to be shown the door.
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