John Terry has finally decided to stay - thank goodness! It may have taken him a while to reach the decision (and lets face it, who wouldn't be interested in getting their wages tripled?) but he's made the right decision in the end.
JT has always been Mr Chelsea to me - having grown up with the club, and been a key component of the team for so many years. As our captain, we look to him to inspire the troops, get the cruching tackles in, and maybe even use his influence over the referees! All of which he has done fantastically well so far!
When he was partnered with Carvalho for a full season, Chelsea had the best defence in the league, and its time that Terry was given someone in the centre of defence who could actually help out with the defending rather than being a burden on his shoulders.
In todays day and age (in football at least) it seems stupid to talk about loyalty - the only ones who have it are the fans. The players, managers and even backroom staff can all be bought - the only problem with this is that its the hard-working fans who end up stumping up the cash to pay for it!
That said, of all the players in the Prem, I think JT is one of the most loyal servants. Of course his head is going to be turned, but deep down he knew it was too much of a wrench to leave his beloved Stamford Bridge.
With Terry staying, Alex looking more sure-footed, and Zhirkov and Cole playing on the flanks we have a superb defence, its only our attack I'm worried about now.
Earlier in the close-season there was talk of a 'Marquee Player' coming - ie a massive name in world football. With all the moves that have one on - and some top-class names such as Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema, Ibrahimovic and Eto'o all moving clubs, I don't quite see who this big name signing is going to be - do you lot have any thoughts?