Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that central defender John Terry can become the English version of AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini.
The Chelsea boss insists that Chelsea captain Terry is the heart and soul of the club, just as Maldini was during an incredible 24-year career at AC Milan.
Former Milan chief Ancelotti, whose Blues play at Aston Villa today, said that the careers of these players are very close, not just in terms of their defensive play but also their professionalism.
He said that Maldini was 40 years old when he played his final game for Milan last season and Ancelotti believes that John Terry can do this as well.
Ancelotti added that John Terry has no physical problems but a lot of passion and that this is the most important thing to continue playing to 39 or 40.
He also added that with the improvement in preparation, physical training and medical treatment, the players will be able to prolong their career for a lot longer.
England skipper Terry, now age 28, has spent 14 years at Stamford Bridge since joining as a schoolboy and has signed a new £160,000-a-week contract to 2014.