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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Aug 3, 2014

Mourinho: Terry must prove his worth

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop addresses the debate surrounding Chelsea's chances of dethroning Manchester City as Premier League champions.

Jose Mourinho has warned Chelsea captain John Terry that he will have to perform this season if he is to earn a new contract.

Terry, who signed a one-year deal with club at the end of last season, is hoping to further extend his stay at Stamford Bridge but Mourinho insists the 33-year-old cannot rely on his status to earn him a new contract.

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"It's good that he wants a deal for next year but he just has to be worried about performing," Mourinho told Chelsea's official website. "These one-year contracts are a good way to deal with these players.

"Last season was the sort where I don't remember him having a better one, so you believe he can do the same for another year."

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Terry's performances alongside Gary Cahill proved integral as Chelsea ended the Premier League season with the fewest league goals conceded.

However, it was scoring goals not shipping them that had Mourinho worried last year. The Portuguese has since moved to strengthen his strikeforce this summer, bringing in Diego Costa as well as re-signing Didier Drogba.

Romelu Lukaku has been sold to Everton for 28 million pounds and, while Fernando Torres was also mooted to leave, Mourinho opted to hold on to the Spaniard.

John Terry and Didier Drogba will bring some valuable experience to the Chelsea squad this season.

Torres' goal-scoring prowess may have diminished since his 50-million-pound switch from Liverpool in 2011 but, like Terry, it is his work rate that swayed Mourinho's decision to keep him.

Mourinho said: "Fernando is not leaving. He is a good player. Maybe the self-esteem in terms of being a goalscorer is not at the top. All eyes are on him when he misses a goal, everybody remembers.

"But his work-rate for the team is fantastic and, because of that, we can play with two strikers from the three we have at the same time, no problem.

"We can play Nando and Drogba or Nando and Diego. Nando can play from the side or maybe we could even play both through the middle.

"When we are not winning matches, sometimes we play with three defenders and two strikers. Nando will always be a choice and a very useful player for us. Our strikeforce is strong and they all have different qualities, which is very important."

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