Chelsea skipper John Terry: When the hunger goes, I'll hang up my boots

John Terry

Terry is hoping to keep going and land another contract extension at the end of the season.

Chelsea captain John Terry says he still has the hunger to continue playing and winning trophies and knows that when he loses that desire it will be time to hang up his boots, he has told the London Evening Standard.

It has been reported that the defender is targeting another two years at the top level before contemplating retirement, and last season was one of his best having lifted the Premier League title for the fourth time during his career at Stamford Bridge.

The Standard reports that he is looking to earn another contract extension towards the end of this campaign, and he told the newspaper: “For me, what’s next is to keep playing. When that hunger goes, that drive to get out of bed to win trophies, I will hang up my boots.

“But it is as fresh as it always was, it’s the same as when I was 17 or 18 and, with that in mind, I will keep fighting. I’m still here. I showed that form last season and I need to do that again. I know that if I don’t, the manager will take me out of the side and replace me with somebody else. I’m not naive enough to think I’m irreplaceable.

“Jose Mourinho has been the biggest influence on my career. It has been a pleasure working with him and I look forward to doing that for many more years. It all stems down to me keeping my form and staying in the team.”

In the same piece, the 34-year-old said he works harder to preserve his fitness now than when he was still playing at international level and captaining England. 

It's clear to see the drive and hunger to win is still there, even though he has won pretty much everything there is to win with Chelsea. 

There has been talk of Chelsea trying to land Everton's John Stones as a long-term replacement for their captain - as reported by the Daily Mail - but the chances are that any replacement would have to wait a couple of years yet before making any real sort of impression at Stamford Bridge. 

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