Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that John Terry will stay on in his role as club captain at Stamford Bridge this season, explaining that the veteran defender remains an important player and will not see his role change.
“John Terry signed a contract as a player,” Conte firmly stated as he was quizzed about the ex-England captain during his first press conference since formally succeeding interim Guus Hiddink.
“John Terry is the captain of Chelsea when he plays and when he does not play,” the Italian added – Terry was actually due to leave the club as a free agent at the end of last season until a late contract extension was agreed.
“He’s a player with great personality and great charisma. I like to speak with him because I know that he knows the club – he has the right spirit to play in the club.
“For me, he is an important player like the other players.”
Conte: ‘When a player deserves to play, with me he plays.’
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 14, 2016
One of the topics most eagerly anticipated ahead of the new 2016/17 campaign is just how Conte will set up at Chelsea. The former Juventus boss had been tipped to employ a similar 3-4-4/3-5-2 formation that he used with Italy to great effect at Euro 2016, but he insists nothing is set in stone at his new club.
“When I was in Italy I liked to say the coach is like a tailor, who must make the best dress for the tea,” he said.
“Three at the back, four at the back, it’s not important for us. It is important that the spirit of the team is right – to the compete for the title – and that there is good organisation.”
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