Chelsea's defensive future is French
Last week, Chelsea announced that captain John Terry has signed a one-year contract extension. This is not a surprise as Jose Mourinho mentioned earlier this month that he “can guarantee is that John Terry will be a Chelsea player next season. I can guarantee that.”
Chelsea’s policy for players over the age of 30 dictates that players are offered only 12-month deals, and Terry is 34.
Earlier this season, Terry lifted the Capital One Cup – his 13th major trophy while donning the blue of Chelsea – and hopes to wrap up the Premier League title at the end of the season for his 14th.
Although Terry just signed this deal, Mourinho and club owner Roman Abramovich must have an eye for the future of their central defense, and it is looking French.
Currently Gary Cahill is Terry’s main partner while the young Frenchman Kurt Zouma has filled in at times. Zouma has shown much promise, speed and versatility, playing at defensive-midfield for the suspended Matic earlier this season.
The club has been linked with a move for Real Madrid center-back Raphael Varane, a former player under Mourinho who is also French. While manager for Real Madrid, Mourinho signed Varane referring to him as the “best young central defender in the world.” Varane is currently finding it difficult to break in to the starting eleven at Real Madrid, playing behind Pepe and Sergio Ramos, even though Varane is already established in the France national side. He will be looking to get more match time next season at another club, but that will come with a hefty transfer fee – as high as £40million being rumored.
If Chelsea is successful in wooing Varane this off-season, Terry could be the perfect mentor to the two young French central-defenders.