Lampard backs Terry to commit to Chelsea despite captain losing first-team place

By John Drayton

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Frank Lampard hopes Chelsea team-mate John Terry can follow him by signing a new contract with the club.

England midfielder Lampard was given a new one-year deal at Stamford Bridge after a season which saw him overtake Bobby Tambling as the club's record goalscorer.

The future of club captain Terry, two years Lampard's junior at 32, has also been the subject of discussion after he struggled with injuries last season and was not a firm fixture in interim boss Rafael Benitez's defence even when fit.

American dream: Frank Lampard (left) is in the States with Chelsea for their post-season tourAmerican dream: Frank Lampard (left) is in the States with Chelsea for their post-season tour

American dream: Frank Lampard (left) is in the States with Chelsea for their post-season tour

But Lampard told The Sun: 'I know JT will want to stay, he's said he'd love to stay at Chelsea. He feels the same as me.

'Why play anywhere else when you love the club you're at? JT's the captain of the club and does a brilliant job.

'At the start of next season, I think that's when the club will take a view on it. I know what my view would be.'

Both players are veterans of three Premier League titles, Champions League and Europa League wins and multiple FA Cups and League Cups with the club and Lampard believes having an established spine to the team has been vital to the club's success.

Up in the air: John Terry had to make do with a seat on the bench for much of last season under Rafa Benitez

Up in the air: John Terry had to make do with a seat on the bench for much of last season under Rafa Benitez

Up in the air: John Terry had to make do with a seat on the bench for much of last season under Rafa Benitez

However, he laughs off the suggestion that the senior players in the dressing room are able to influence owner Roman Abramovich's hiring and firing of managers.

'One thing that has helped us remain successful over such a long period is a strong core, strong spine," he said. 'I mean that in terms of players - their ability, personality and the leaders.

'You need people like that in the dressing room. But the idea of the dressing room being too strong? Certainly not.

'I've never heard of any players here being able to ask our owner to sack a manager or even discuss anything to do with the structure of the club. If you wanted to take that chance you would probably get sacked yourself.'

 

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Yeah that will thrill the new manager having them two hanging on. The manager assassins.

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Like any player you only should get a new contract on merit, so it's up to Terry to show he is worth another year in the same way Lampard did.

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Chelsea will let JT leave for free he is way past his best. He also brings to much shame on their club.

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Of course he wants his best chum to stay..

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A fully fit Terry is vital to Chelsea. Without him they seem to lack leadership esp now that Drogba is gone. Lampard is not a leader, he is just good at his shooting thing, just like Scholes.

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Terry will sign, he loves wearing the strip whether he plays or not.

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Terry will sign whatever deal they put in front of him, he wants to retire at Chelsea.

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He is speaking to the S*n newspaper...says it all really. Thought you would have known better Frank. Pool fan here.

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Terry doesn't have a choice, I can't see too many clubs beating down the door for JT's services.

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Lampard and Terry look positivley geriatric next to the youthful Hazard...no wonder they stick up for one another.

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