Chelsea captain John Terry insists he doesn’t want to play again this season if it means The Blues lift the 2016-17 Premier League title come May.
The 36-year-old, who has lifted four league titles during his career at Stamford Bridge so far, has made just five league outings under manager Antonio Conte this term – with his last appearance coming against Everton back in early-November.
Terry, who was speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s game against Liverpool, which was live on BT Sport, said, “I genuinely mean when I say it, but for me I am honestly hoping I don’t play this season which means they keep winning.
“First and foremost the team is flying, playing unbelievable. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do as a player.
“I started the first four games of the season and get injured and we lose at home to Liverpool and Arsenal away and the manager is asking ‘how long till you are back?’
“And then we go 13 games unbeaten and you’re back fit, but you can’t get in. And as a player it’s difficult to accept, but you have to accept it.
“When you’ve got a manager like Conte who’s been honest with me from day one ‘listen you’re not getting back in the boys are playing great the team’s flying’, you haven’t got a leg to stand on.”
The centre-half added, “Do you get that from a player that’s been here five years I don’t think you do.
“I’ve not moaned once. I’m training unbelievably, you have to, you do things the right way because the love of the club and how much you respect the club and how good the club has been to you over the years.”
Terry was left on the bench during Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield, although the defender captained Chelsea in last weekend’s 4-0 victory over Championship outfit Brentford in the FA Cup, where The Blues have been drawn away to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fifth round.
Conte’s men are now nine points clear at the top of the Premier League standings after this midweek’s results.
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