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Report: John Terry signs contract extension

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Clive Rose

Well that was quick, if entirely unsurprising. Of Chelsea's three out-of-contract veterans, John Terry had by far the best season, harkening back to his glory days by forming a virtually impregnable defensive partnership with Gary Cahill, and as a result bringing him back was never going to be a particularly difficult decision for the club's hierarchy. And so it has proved: The Mirror are reporting that the captain will remain at the club for at least another year after signing a new contract.

There is at least one confusing detail in there -- the note that Terry's set to become the league's best paid defender when a) I thought he was already and b) the general assumption was that the 33-year-old was looking at a pay cut. Until we get an actual number, it's difficult to know how to parse the finances, but a one-year deal isn't a major issue either way.

And ignoring the FFP implications for now, it's a pleasure to know that the Premier League's top centre back for 2013/14 will be leading the charge for a title next season. Nice one, Chelsea.