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Terry: 'I only want to play for Chelsea ... I want to finish my career here'

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I think he might actually mean it!

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John Terry made his 649th appearance for Chelsea in our 5-0 against Swansea City, moving him ahead of Frank Lampard for third all-time, behind only Chopper Harris and Peter Bonetti.  Terry would realistically need regular playing time for another season and a half beyond the current one to make up the 80-game deficit to second place Bonetti.  Can he do it, considering he's not exactly a spring chicken anymore?

"As a player you have to have your individual targets and set your sights on people above you to go and catch them. [...] I need to stay fit, keep getting the year contracts and remain in the side."

"Obviously he [Mourinho] has seen me at my best and for him to come back and say that [I'm playing as well as ever] now is great for me, and it reflects also that the team is doing well."

"We have unbelievable players around me which helps and we have a squad that can serve us well for the next five, six, seven years."

And of course Terry wants to be along for those five, six, seven years as much as possible.

"I am here now and I never expected to be 34 and feeling so good and playing so well, so I am delighted and long may it continue. I love the club and I only want to play for Chelsea and it is as simple as that for me. I want to finish my career here."

The Captain already showed last summer that he's willing to take a pay-cut and put up with our apparent policy of short-term contracts, and we have no reason to believe that attitude will change.  He's already working on coaching badges with a few towards the future, but there's no need to be in too much of a hurry with that.  If he continues as well as he's been playing this season, we've got many, many more games with him in a Chelsea shirt to look forward to.