JOHN TERRY is already planning to extend his Chelsea career beyond next season after defying the critics who claimed top-level career was winding down.
The former England captain, 34, rolled back the years last season by playing every single minute of the Premier League season on route to his fourth title.
And after making a mockery of former boss Rafa Benitez's claim his body could not stand up to the rigours of two games a week, Terry wants to keep on playing for Jose Mourinho for a good while yet.
Terry said: "I was delighted to play every single minute of the Premier League season. Especially as at my age you tend to get written off as well. So it was nice on a personal note to play in all of the games."
Terry's remarkable defensive displays and leadership qualities have already earned him a one-year extension to his Chelsea deal.
But having been in tip-top shape in their title winning campaign, Terry is fully expecting more contract talks next year.
"I am hoping that is going to continue for a few more years yet," said Terry, after touching down in Sydney yesterday with his Chelsea team-mates for their end-of-season Australian tour.
"I am hoping to finish my career at Chelsea and I hope I can do that under this manager.
"I don't know what my fitness is down to, but the manager and the staff played a big part in the way we train. I feel I've also benefited from the couple days rest during the international breaks.
"So the manager and staff deserve a lot of credit, and me also for staying fit and keeping my form and place in the side."
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has revealed Brazilians Willian and Filipe Luis and Colombia's Juan Cuadrado are top miss the start of next season.
The South American trio will all feature in the Copa America which is being played in Chile from June 11 to July 4.
And Mourinho knows they won't be ready to come straight back into pre-season with Chelsea which is due to start in mid-July.
He said: "The players in the Copa America will obviously need a rest after that. So Willian, Cuadrado and Filipe Luis will not start the season with us."
Indeed, Cuadrado and Luis could already be long gone by then with Chelsea understood to be ready to offload the pair to help fund Mourinho's summer recruitment.