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Cundy: Conte’s first act should be to hand John Terry a new deal

john_terryAntonio Conte has been announced as Chelsea’s new manager, with the Italian signing a 3 year deal at Stamford Bridge set to commence after his involvement in Euro 2016 with Italy ends.

The former Juventus manager will have a number of tasks on his hands when he steps into the Chelsea hot seat given the West London club’s struggles this term but one thing most fans will hope to see is a resolution to the John Terry situation that has been looming over the club since January.

The club’s captain and longest serving player, Terry announced at the start of the year that he would be ending a 21 year association with Chelsea after the club neglected to offer him a one year extension to his current deal but the club were quick to announce that whilst no deal had been offered the situation could change as the season progressed.

Since that time many Chelsea fans feel that the 35 year old has done enough to earn a new deal and are imploring incoming manager Conte to keep Terry at the club, none more so than Football Fanzone’s Jason Cundy.

The former Chelsea centre back feels that giving Terry a new should be Conte’s first piece of action:

The first thing Antonio Conte needs to do upon arriving at Chelsea is offer club captain John Terry a new deal.

As seen this season Chelsea are going to go through transition, it is a phrase that has been used frequently but is pretty obvious at Stamford bridge with the team going from Champions to also rans, so Chelsea and Conte will need as many familiar faces to get them through this rocky period.

But as much as the club need familiar faces to help them through this, Chelsea need leaders. There has been a paucity of authority figures in the team since the departures of Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Petr Cech. To let Terry go as well would, in my opinion, be a huge mistake. We have seen this season in certain games and situations that without leaders in the side things can go askew and Terry can help negate that. 

But this isn’t a sentimental shout, Terry has more than earned a new deal since the news emerged and with the club saying that nothing was set in stone, it is something that makes sense for both parties.

I think Conte would appreciate having a player of his standing beside him as he takes the reins, and would be amazed if he doesn’t sign a new deal.

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