The 2016 London Football Awards were held last night. Organized in aid of the Willow Foundation, the LFAs recognize the best managers and players from London's (including Watford) 15 Premier League and Football League clubs.
Last season, Chelsea players Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, and Ji So-yun (from Chelsea Ladies) were recognized. This season, Chelsea captain John Terry, Eniola Aluko (from Chelsea Ladies), and former Chelsea great Petr Čech collected awards. Aluko was named London Women's Player of the Year, Cech was named London Goalkeeper of the Year, and JT got the lifetime achievement award (Outstanding Contribution to London Football). Nothing says it's time to retire more than a lifetime achievement award, no?
Other award winners included Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino (London Manager of the Year) and his young star Dele Alli (London Young Player of the Year), Fulham standout Moussa Dembélé (Football League Player of the Year), and Dimitri Payet who beat out Willian for London Player of the Year.
In the media scrum afterwards, Terry was of course asked for any update regarding his stand-off with Chelsea over a contract extension.
"I am still very hopeful. I have been there 21 years and I will never give up until if finally happens. But who knows?"
"I have still got a lot to give - whether that is here or somewhere else - that is for sure."
-John Terry; source: Sky
Terry was also hopeful of being fit for Saturday's match against Stoke City, though it's much more likely that he will only be available for PSG on Wednesday.