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Mourinho: John Terry deserves a new contract

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Warren Little

The Chelsea manager's press conferences are unfortunately not something I often get to - or want to, in case of much of last year - watch live.  You see, they're usually scheduled for around lunchtime - i.e. 4am California time - and as much as I would love to be able to go without, I do need a tiny bit of sleep every now and then, too.

But for whatever random reason, yesterday's press conference was scheduled for 10 o'clock in the morning, local time, affording me the rare opportunity to stay up (really) late and watch live.  Alas, common sense got the better of me about an hour before the scheduled start.

That's the last I listen to you, common sense!  I knew I should've trusted the hint that José was sending me with the early start time.  There was so much content crammed into those few minutes, even Graham's speedy fingers failed to keep up the pace.

Falling through the cracks of the Ryan Bertrand loan, the Kevin De Bruyne sale update, the Nemanja Matic debut logistics, and of course the Manchester United mind games, was the praise thrown John Terry's way.  And not just your standard praise, but one with very real future implications.

"He's played every minute since the first game against Hull City in the Premier League, every minute of every match, good performances, stable performances, no injuries or suspensions so he's having a great season."

"He's going to start and he's going to be the captain, so that says everything about the way he's playing, the way he's fighting to keep his position and the way he's fighting to deserve a new contract. Everything comes naturally, without headlines and without any kind of pressure. Naturally it will happen."

-Jose Mourinho; source: Chelsea FC

Wait.  Pause.  Rewind.  Enhance.  Again.  Enhance.  ENHANCE!  Naturally what will happen?  A new contract that he deserves?

If I'm reading this right, and I'd like to think that I am, I think we just reached the conclusion of the John Terry contract extension question.  A bit disappointing in all honesty, it hasn't even had a chance to drag on.  Fear not though, there's still Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole!