After much talk about an impending exit for Chelsea legend John Terry in the summer, the club decided to extend his stay by offering him a one-year extension at the last moment.
Club legend Ken Shellito, though, believes that it was a wrong decision since Terry does not deserve a new contract at this age.Shellito is one of the oldest Chelsea players still actively following the club. He represented the blues in the 1960s as a defender and he went on to make more than 100 appearances for the club. Back then, Chelsea were not as successful as they are now.
Terry has experienced a lot of ups and downs in his Chelsea career, but it has all been an excellent 16 years at Stamford Bridge for the former England international. He has won numerous trophies including the Champions League title. However, the 35-year-old was widely linked with an exit from Chelsea as concerns about his age grew. A large part of the success for Chelsea in the last decade has been down to players like Terry and Lampard. They have held the squad together even during the troubled times. Missing a player like Terry at the time of bringing in Antonio Conte will have made the life difficult for the new manager. Hence, Chelsea decided to extend Terry’s stay at the last moment.
"I have always had a lot of time for John and admire what he has achieved at the club. But I think it was wrong to give him a new contract. I think we've done it through sentiment and loyalty but you've got to look at performance.For the last two years we've been conceding goals and John in the centre of defence has been a problem. You're always going to fight age. I think he will be one of the oldest players next season in the Premier League,” saidShellito.