After the will-he- won't-he drama of Sunday's final, emotional parade lap of Stamford Bridge, the announcement of John Terry's new one-year deal seemed almost low-key.

In a Wednesday morning tweet by Chelsea Football Club, and accompanying online media release, there was talk of how 'delighted' all were about the deal.

A deal which, just a few days earlier, close confidantes had revealed he was genuinely torn over signing.

But sign he did, and next season will see the start of a period of who knows how long, where Terry remains with Chelsea, but his on-pitch influence is severely reduced.

He will take a pay cut from £150,000, to a basic of about £60,000 per week, and has been told that playing time will be limited.

Just how limited is a matter of conjecture at this stage, though Terry is certain he can convince incoming manager Antonio Conte that he should be a key part of his plans.

Conte is understood to have weighed-up the squad, and decided Gary Cahill ad Kurt Zouma are his two preferred options, from those presently available at centre half.

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Branislav Ivanovic is seen as a fullback, rather than a central defender; and young American Matt Miazga is expected to be sent out on loan for at least one season.

Andreas Christensen is to complete the second year of his loan to Borussia Monchengladbach – something Chelsea believe will be beneficial for his development.

Neither Papy Djilobodji nor Michael Hector are expected to be in contention for Chelsea's first team next season, though the club does seem to have hopes for the latter in particular.

But, with Zouma likely to miss the start of the season through injury, there is a reasonable chance Terry will be in the starting XI on the opening day.

That, of course, will be dependent on who Conte brings in – and there are two main candidates here.

He is known to favour 29-year-old Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci – a name that is understood to be on his list of targets handed to Chelsea's football board.

The club's own target is seen as a longer term option: John Stones, who they unsuccessfully pursued last summer.

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After a forgettable season at Everton, his value is perceived to have dropped; and with a new manager coming in to Goodison Park, Chelsea's chances of getting him for a reasonable price may have improved.

Stones is seen at Chelsea as one for the future, and not necessarily a player to be dropped straight in at the deep end in the Premier League.

Also significant is the question of what formation Conte decides to play: with him being associated in Italy with a set-up involving three centre halves, and wing backs.

With all of these matters up in the air, Terry is understood to have concluded his chances of regular first team football are better than they have been painted.

A major component of his new deal is structured around additional payments depending on appearances, so he will have a particularly strong incentive to want to play.

The question of the 'different role' within the club, mentioned but not elaborated upon by Terry last Friday, still remains unclear.

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There is nothing to indicate this formalises his move into coaching, with any sort of status as assistant to Conte, but he has been taking his badges on the quiet over the last couple of years and certainly sees his future in that direction.

It cannot be lost on him that Chelsea get through a ferocious amount of managers – the club has just appointed its fifth in the four years since lifting the Champions League trophy – and change often happens at inopportune moments.

The list of people who have written-off Terry seems to grow by the year. And yet here he remains: bouncing back from every knockdown he faces.

In addition to the weekly on-pitch battles, he has fought the physical constraints of his own body, the dressing room politics of a dozen managerial reigns, the legal system, the game's governing body – and with very few exceptions, come out on top.

Now he has one final battle, and it is one that will get trickier as weeks and months pass: the battle against the unstoppable force of time itself.

But this is John George Terry of Chelsea Football Club – an immovable object if ever there was one – and he probably fancies the odds are on his side.

Here’s a look back at his Chelsea career so far with our interactive timeline of events from his early days to this dramatic contract signing.

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