Terry relieved with new Chelsea deal
Chelsea and England captain John Terry expressed his relief on Friday at signing a new five-year contract with the London club after talks had collapsed towards the end of last season.
"I'm really happy this has now been concluded. There has been a lot of speculation but these things take time and I never had doubts that I wanted to stay at Chelsea and that the club wanted me to stay," said the centre-half, who had two years left of his contract, which is now superseded by the new one.
"I hope the fans can see that we are all trying to build something special here, both for now and for the future, and I want to be a part of that. I have been at Chelsea all my career and have the privilege of being captain."
"Now it's time to look forward to the new season which we are all very confident about."
Chelsea's chief executive Peter Kenyon echoed Terry's relief at the long-term commitment, which keeps the player at the club until 2012, and added, "This is an important day for Chelsea. This was the right deal for us and for John."
"As a club we are committed to try and keep our players together on long term deals and this was a natural progression from last season when other players also committed themselves for the long term."
"As captain, John is clearly a key player for Chelsea and also a great symbol of the club so naturally we are pleased this has been agreed."
Terry, who is now reported to be England's highest paid player on wages of around 130,000 pounds (194,200 euros) a week, has been at the club since joining the youth system at age 14.
He was voted the club's player of the year for the 2001-02 season and has led the club to two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup triumph.
With the Terry issue wrapped up there now remains the question mark over the futures of England international midfielder Frank Lampard and Dutch international Arjen Robben.
Lampard has two years left to run on his current contract and Robben's anticipated move to Real Madrid still hangs in the balance.
Negotiations with the Dutch international over a new contract at Chelsea are understood to be at an impasse with Madrid merely awaiting the green light from the Londoners before completing a transfer they have talked about for most of the summer.
Mourinho wants Lampard, who has been linked with Barcelona, to stay and will be hoping that Terry's decision can provide the midfielder with the initiative to follow suit before both players decide to move on.