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John Terry better this season than last according to Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed John Terry is an even better player this season than last campaign.

Terry, 34, is still waiting for his new one-year contract extension, as per Chelsea’s policy with players over 30 being offered one year at a time.

Both Chelsea and the former England captain’s performances have been helped by the addition of Nemanja Matic in defensive midfield as the Blues have only conceded 22 goals in the league this season.

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Terry is helped by being a player who hasn’t had to rely on pace throughout his career. Despite many players losing that yard of pace as they enter their twilight years, Terry hasn’t showed too many signs of weakness as he has aged.

The Chelsea captain has featured in all 26 of his sides Premier League games this season and has contributed to 10 clean-sheets already.

Terry has three league goals this term and scored the opener in Sunday’s League Cup final at Wembley in the 2-0 win over Tottenham.

His Chelsea career was certainly revitalised as Jose Mourinho returned, having found himself out of favour in the 2012/13 season, making just 28 appearances.

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“John is proving again this season that he is a player for years,” Mourinho said ahead of Wednesday night’s game with West Ham.

“Last season he was good, this season he’s even better so he has time to enjoy his football with us and at the same time we can think of what’s coming next.

“When I came back he was coming from a difficult period, but last season he was very good, this season I think even better.”

Terry made 47 appearances last season and has made 36 so far this year, so providing he stays fit he should eclipse that total by the end of the campaign. He has started as many games as Gary Cahill and isn’t showing any signs of his age.

A statistical look at how Chelsea's centre-backs compare in the Premier League this season (Stats via Squawka)

A statistical look at how Chelsea’s centre-backs compare in the Premier League this season (Stats via Squawka)

Terry is an integral part of the Chelsea defence and has barely missed a game this season so Mourinho is more than happy for his captain to be assessed year on year as the 34-year-old defender is fully committed to the club.

Do you think John Terry is still Chelsea’s best centre-back?

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About Lewis Addley (596 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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