Frank Lampard’s Chelsea exit made John Terry play better, says Pearce

The former England captain has had a stellar season, and Pearce says the exit of his friend is the reason why.

Stuart Pearce has told BT Sport that he believes Frank Lampard’s exit from Chelsea has made John Terry play better this season.

The veteran midfielder left Stamford Bridge last summer, with a move to Manchester City’s MLS franchise New York City FC already set up.

However, he ended up joining Manchester City on loan and impressed at the Etihad, where he has remained until the end of the season. Regardless though, Pearce believes his exit from Chelsea has made Terry work harder to prove his worth to Jose Mourinho.

“The one thing that’s probably helped John [Terry] is Mourinho being back at the club and his mate Lampard leaving,” he said.

“John has probably sat back and thought ‘hang on a minute, I’m not going to be able to afford to sit back and pick my money up in my thirties, I’ve got to keep putting in a performance’. It’s pushed John’s standards up.”

The former Nottingham Forest manager’s comments may hold some weight considering the impressive season the ex-England captain has had.

He had looked like his career was coming to a close when Rafa Benitez was in charge the year before last, with his game time dwindling under the Spaniard regarding questions over his fitness.

However, Mourinho’s return to Chelsea has seen him reinvigorated as captain, forming a formidable partnership with Gary Cahill at the heart of the defence and finding himself as part of the PFA Team of Year to boot.

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