Chelsea skipper John Terry has set his sights on signing a new contract extension with the club as he believes that he has more to offer.
The 34-year-old has been with the West Londoners for more than 15 years and has through the years become a symbol for the club as a result of his quality leadership.
This season Terry has started all 16 matches for the Premier League leaders, a sign he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level as he declares his interest in playing beyond current campaign.
“I feel as though I still have an awful lot to give to the team and the club and long may that continue. When you get to 29 or 30, people are saying a player is past his prime,” he explained to The Mirror.
“But to be honest, I don’t feel any different to when I was 27 or 28. The way players look after themselves these days is important and I have benefited from that. I am feeling great.
“For me, age really is a number. I am injury free, I am feeling fit and the team is doing great. Always proving people wrong has been massive in my career. I hope it is a longer time before I stop than sooner.”
Aside from the Premier League, Terry has also been tasked with leading the team in the Champions League, starting five of the Blues’ six group matches.
While his comments are sure to be greeted with delight by the Stamford Bridge faithful, they might not exactly be music to the ears for teammate Kurt Zouma.
The 20-year-old centre-back joined the Blues last January and arrived with a big reputation as one of Europe’s most promising young stars.
His quality is evident as he possesses power, strength, ball-ability and excellent positional play – all the traits needed to make it at the very top.
One area which lacks from his game, however, is match experience and this season he has been limited to just three Premier League fixtures and a run in the FA Cup.
He has been tipped to be Terry’s natural replacement, but given his skipper’s apparent longevity and ties to the club, Zouma could continue to be restricted to being a bit-part player for quite some time yet.