Former Manchester United player and club legend Gary Neville believes that his former international teammate and Chelsea defender John Terry has still a lot to play for in his career.
The 34-year-old Englishman was poor at the heart of Chelsea’s defense in their first two matches of the season. Manager Jose Mourinho had even substituted John Terry at half-time on Sunday against Manchester City and replaced him with youngster Kurt Zouma. Mourinho cited a valid reason that Zouma’s speed was necessary against the Cityzens.
After Sunday’s match, many started speculating that this might be the last stop in John Terry’s journey with the Blues. Media reports also suggested that the defending champions are in search of Everton’s highly-rated young defender John Stones.
But former England right-back Gary Neville suggested that he does not agree to the general opinion and that Terry is not finished yet.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: “John Terry is 34, and this is going to happen.
“He’ll wake up this morning and the world’s ending, his career’s over – but I saw Jamie Carragher sit on the bench for Liverpool for 18 months, I’ve seen the same with myself when I was substituted three times within 55 minutes in my last year at United.
“I saw it with Steve Bruce at the end of his career at United, when I was playing alongside him, or with Tony Adams for England, or with Laurent Blanc. It happens”
Neville felt that it was a normal phenomenon in every player’s career and it should not be much of problem for John Terry.
He further said: “There will be certain games where, as a 34-year-old centre-back, other players will need to start to be phased in.
“My genuine belief is that it’s not the end of the world for John Terry. It was a big shock to him yesterday, and it’s almost like a public embarrassment – we’ve been there.
“But I don’t buy into the fact that his career’s over.”