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Chelsea Perform Massive John Terry U-Turn

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 24: John Terry of Chelsea celebrates with his team-mates after the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It appears that rumours of John Terry’s Chelsea demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Despite it being fairly common knowledge that the Chelsea captain would not be getting a renewal on his current contract – and would therefore be leaving the club in the summer – the Blues have today announced that they have offered Terry a new one year deal.

The announcement came through interim manager Guus Hiddink ahead of his final match in charge of the club, where they will face recently-crowned champions Leicester City and Stamford Bridge.

Terry had met the club to discuss his future this week, and speculation began to mount that he may not be leaving after all after the club cancelled a planned “farewell match” in his honour this coming Monday – his two match suspension of course ruling him out of the Leicester game 24 hours earlier.

It is believed that the offer would involve a significant reduction in wages. The 35 year old had been earning roughly £150,000 at Stamford Bridge but the new deal is likely to be only a fraction of that. His role as a regular in the first team is also likely to be greatly reduced as new manager Antonio Conte plans a shake-up of the whole squad.

Despite a wide-ranging number of controversies, Terry remains a highly popular figure amongst the fan base, and this news is likely to be greeted warmly as vast sections of the Chelsea supporters did not want to see him leave in the first place, with banners on show during Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Chelsea fans display a banner in support of John Terry during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on May 11, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Terry is said to be considering the offer, but with interest from MLS and China still very much on the table, it will now be up to the player himself if he wants to continue to serve the club he has represented for over two decades, or if he feels that one last massive payday is in order.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.