John Terry is staying at Chelsea for one more year

Chelsea's John Terry applauds to supporters after the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge stadium in Lo

So can anyone be surprised by the news Wednesday that the former England centre-half has been awarded a new one-year contract at Stamford Bridge, where he will presumably remain captain and emotional heartbeat.

The deal would give Terry the opportunity to play on for another season and work under new boss Antonio Conte, but it is unclear whether it has come too late.

Chelsea legend John Terry addressed the Chelsea fans at the end of the season, and gave a rousing, heartfelt speech in what is a hard time for Chelsea football club. I want to stay, the club knows that, the fans know that.

It led Terry to continue in what also felt a little like a farewell address. You've been a big part of the best moments in my life in this stadium. Terry is the longest ever serving Captain at Chelsea and has been solid for them at the back for years.

The defender said it was for a "different role", hinting at reduced terms and without guarantees of a first-team place.

"We maybe lacked a bit of combativeness compared to the year before".

However he announced on Sunday that he is considering signing a new contract.

"We are delighted John will spend another year at the club", Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck added.

"In Holland we say, don't disturb the hen that is sitting on the egg".

"He recently reached the 700-appearance mark, which is testament to his professionalism and dedication as well as his undoubted talent".

A lucrative offer from an unnamed Chinese club was dismissed by Terry in favor of continuing his stay at Stamford Bridge.

The 35-year-old, who has made 703 appearances since his debut in October 1998, was suspended for the final two games of the season and may never again be seen in Chelsea colours. Chelsea always "insisted an offer may be forthcoming, and it arrived this week". There certainly appeared to be no hard feelings as Ranieri admitted that, along with all the Chelsea fans and players, Abramovich had given him a "fantastic welcome back".

Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have shared in between them all Premier League crowns since 1995 until unfancied Leicester won the league this season.

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