John Terry is desperate to sign a new contract at Chelsea and finish his career at Stamford Bridge. The Blues skipper has revealed he is keen to end his trophy-laden career with the west London club, where he has become a fan favourite over the years.
The 35-year-old defender has been criticised for a number of his on-field performances this season, with some observers questioning whether he still has the athleticism required to compete at the top level. However, Terry – who scored an injury-time equaliser for Chelsea against Everton on 16 January – has defended his recent form.
Asked if he sees himself at Stamford Bridge next season, Terry – whose contract expires in the summer – said: "I certainly think so. I think when you get to age, there are a lot of people out there saying 'He's 35, almost 36, maybe his legs have gone.' I've never had legs, it's as simple as that. I've never been quick, all my career."
The Chelsea captain said he feels on top of his game, despite the criticism he has received this season from fans and pundits. "Everyone gets it in their heads but physically I'm feeling as good as I've ever felt for the last two, three years. I'm still in the right state of mind, I'm still hungry," he said, according to The Mirror. "I want to be here – I want to finish my career here, of course."
Terry has also received the backing of Chelsea's interim boss Guus Hiddink, who has not seen a marked deterioration in the captain's physical condition since the last time he managed the club in 2009. "If I'm asked, I will give my honest opinion about his contract. If I say what I'm saying now, spontaneously out of my heart, then you can imagine what I think," Hiddink said.
"For me, there's not much difference between John in 2009 and now. For me, you would have to underline that with data. You have to make tests that show he has lost some speed, but with the eye I cannot see that.
"He's fit, he trains well and takes care of himself, which you have to do at that age. I cannot see that he is slowing down at all. He needs six more games to have played 700 for Chelsea and I think he will make that."