John Terry said yesterday that he believed he could play for Chelsea for another 10 years and that his priority is winning the Champions League title that slipped from his grasp with his missed penalty in Moscow in May. The draw for the last 16 knockout round of the competition takes place today and Chelsea hope to avoid Barcelona.
At 28, it will be some achievement if Terry, whose luck with injuries has never been good, makes another decade, having racked up 10 years in Chelsea's first team in October this year. "I'm desperate for the Champions League and that's something I definitely want, with the disappointment of what happened last season," Terry told Chelsea TV. "Looking back sometimes, you get certain games where you think, 'That was a big turning point' and it's those kind of games that have got me where I am today.
"Seeing the Premiership trophies, FA Cup, Carling Cups that I have worked all my life for makes me want to keep winning and win as many as possible. Hopefully, I've got another 10 years in me. Certainly for Chelsea. I'm going to give everything for the club."
Terry also revealed why he never got on with his former team-mate Dan Petrescu. "In my first training session with the first team I tackled him, he didn't like it and as I walked away he kicked me up the backside. [Dennis] Wisey got him by the throat and said, 'Don't ever pick on a young lad again or I'll sort you out'. Wisey said to me, 'Make sure you do it again'. It was a bit edgy between me and Dan."
Champions League: Who they can draw
* Liverpool: Internazionale, Sporting Lisbon, Villarreal, Lyons or Real Madrid.
* Manchester United: Real Madrid, Internazionale, Sporting Lisbon, Atletico Madrid or Lyons.
* Chelsea: Panathinaikos, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Porto or Juventus.
* Arsenal: Roma, Panathinaikos, Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Juventus.