Antonio Conte says iconic Chelsea player's job is safe

Jonathan Tzvi Machlin - Sunday 24 July 2016 38 Likes

After a mid-season contract dispute nearly led John Terry to the Stamford Bridge exit, the Chelsea captain has been assured of a role in the club's new regime under manager Antonio Conte.

In his introductory press conference, the newly hired Chelsea manager outlined his plan for the coming season as well as the long-term future of the club - and luckily for the 35-year-old Chelsea captain, he will be a part of that future.

Conte announced on Thursday that John Terry will "always" remain as captain of the team despite rumors that the Chelsea legend was going to be handed a different role with the club.

John Terry will still be Chelsea captain for the 2016-17 season

“John Terry signed a new deal as a player…. Not in any other role," Conte said, per the Sun.

“John Terry is the captain of this team, a great player with great charisma.

“I want to speak with him because he knows the club, the spirit and for me he is an important player.

“All the players know that when a player deserves to play, with me he will play.

“When he plays or doesn’t play you are always the captain. John Terry is always the captain.”

Antonio Conte is adamant John Terry is still the right man for the job

The 18-year Chelsea veteran signed a new contract this past summer after announcing mid-season that he had failed to reach terms with the club on a long-term deal and had decided to leave the team at the end of the 2015-16 campaign. However, after being suspended for the final two games of the season (and failing to get a suitable offer from any Major League Soccer teams), Terry decided he wanted to come back for at least one more year.

In his storied career at Stamford Bridge, Terry has won four Premier League titles, five FA Cup titles, three League Cups, two FA Community Shields, the Champions League and the Europa League. He is a two-time Chelsea Player of the Year, won the PFA Player of the Year in 2005, four PFA Team of the Year honors, five FIFA World XI honors,  and was a member of 2006 FIFA World Cup All-Star team.

On the international level, Terry has been capped 78 times for England, scoring six goals.

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