Former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea captain John Terry’s career is far from over and the 34-year-old is still a key figure at Stamford Bridge.
His colleague Gary Neville also agreed with the Liverpool legend during their discussion.
The Blues captain was taken off by manager Jose Mourinho at half-time as the reigning champions lost 3-0 to Manchester City on Sunday.
Chelsea have made two bids for Everton centre-back John Stones this summer, but Sky Sports expert Carragher believes Terry’s early withdrawal merely indicates a slight change to his role at the club, rather than signalling the end of his career.
The former English captain started and finished every Premier League game last season, but Carragher feels those days are over.
“I don’t think Jose thinks if he buys John Stones tomorrow, him and Gary Cahill are his two centre-backs and that brings them back into the title race,” he said.
“I think Chelsea will get back into the title race, and John Terry will be in there. I think it’ll be the end for him in terms of playing every minute of every game.
“This isn’t just a question of John Terry’s pace and that he can’t run – he’s never been able to run. He’s still been one of the best centre-backs we’ve had in the league.
“The biggest help has been [Nemanja] Matic in front of him and [Cesar] Azpilicueta right next to him. He needs protection.
“If he gets that protection I still think he looks one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League. Expose him, and he looks an average centre-back.”