Former Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes that John Terry still has a lot to offer Chelsea despite being taken off at halt time against Manchester City at the weekend, the Daily Star reports.
Terry played in every minute of Chelsea’s Premier League campaign last term, but has struggled in the club’s opening two matches of the current campaign.
Much has been made of Terry’s substitution, but despite the ’embarrassment’ and the heavy defeat, Neville believes that Terry will bounce back in no time.
“John Terry is 34, and this is going to happen,” Neville said.
“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.
“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.”
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