Football: Terry signs new Chelsea deal to end exit talk

Chelsea captain John Terry agreed to extend his 21-year stay with Chelsea for at least another season.
Chelsea captain John Terry agreed to extend his 21-year stay with Chelsea for at least another season.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea captain John Terry signed a new one-year contract with the Premier League club on Wednesday to end speculation he would be forced out of Stamford Bridge.

Terry sparked fears he was on the verge of leaving Chelsea against his will when he claimed in January he had not been offered an extension to his contract, which was due to expire in June.

With Italy coach Antonio Conte due to take charge at Stamford Bridge once his Euro 2016 commitments are over, it had been reported Terry could be eased out by the new boss.

But the 35-year-old former England defender was offered the new deal last week and, after speaking to Conte and Blues owner Roman Abramovich, he agreed to extend his 21-year stay with Chelsea for at least another season.

"I am delighted to sign a new contract with the club. Everyone knows I'm Chelsea through and through," Terry told Chelsea's website.