You might think that for a living Chelsea legend, for a man who's been entrenched as one of the first names on the team sheet week-in and week-out for over a decade, there couldn't possibly be much left out there to serve as motivation. As the Captain who has won everything available to him, perhaps he would be content to just ride out the last few years of his playing career, maybe go look for an easy payday somewhere else like so many others have done it before him. Not that there's anything wrong with that (unless of course you deceive both your old and new fan-bases with empty promises), and I don't think anybody would begrudge Terry a paid vacation in America or China or the Middle East or wherever the freshest money may be.
But this is Terry we're talking about. Captain, Leader, Legend and all that jazz.
"[When Mourinho] came in, [he] sat me down and made it clear if I worked hard I'd get extra years and would play, but if not there are others players who are younger who can play and will fight for the place. So I am fighting for my future, for my family's future, and I want to give it everything."
"I don't know how long I have left. Hopefully I have a few years left but if this is my last year then I hope it will go out on a bang. The uncertainty has helped me positively. The roles have reversed - you don't have four or five years [of contract] ahead as you get older - and now the power is in the club's hands. That has inspired me. I am fighting for myself and my family, and to prove people wrong. It doesn't come much bigger than that."
-John Terry; source: Guardian
Terry isn't too sure about still playing in his 40s, but feels he definitely has at least one more year left. The 34-year-old, who stands alone in third place on the club appearance charts, and has started working on his coaching badges if memory serves, has also reiterated his intent to see out his career at Chelsea. However long he's got, it's going to happen at Chelsea.
"As a player you want to get to 35 and see where you are then. Since I came into football it's changed. You look at Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, you see they can play on for a few years longer. I have my little target to play next year but beyond, I don't know."
"I won't play for anyone else, but there's a right time to go. There does come a point to say it's time to move on."
-John Terry; source: Express
One more year! And then maybe one more year! And then maybe...
Sign him up!