Chelsea players welcome John Terry stay, says Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill says Chelsea’s players have welcomed the decision by John Terry to remain at the club for another season.

At one stage it appeared the former England defender would be leaving Stamford Bridge after more than 17 years and 700-plus games.

But, at the 11th hour, the club offered Terry a one-year extension and central defender Cahill is pleased with the outcome.

The former Aston Villa and Bolton player said: "All the lads are very happy, I am sure the fans are very happy, so it is a great end to the season in that respect.

"But, for us, I just echo what everyone is thinking: A great boost for the club.

"Although it kind of dragged on for a while, it has been sorted now and we look forward to him being part of this squad like he has been for many, many years. It is fantastic news."

Terry, 35, made his Blues debut against Aston Villa in October 1998, when he came on as a second half substitute late in the game.

His first start came in the FA Cup at Oldham a few months later, while his first goal came against Gillingham in 2000.