John Terry is in China this week after being named an ambassador of football culture in one of its main cities.
The Chelsea captain arrived in Guanghzou on Sunday, and received a warm welcome from supporters before his first public appearance on Monday, when he was presented with an award and showcased some of his skills onstage with one talented youngster.
Later in the day, the 34-year-old toured the city before meeting more fans in a meet and greet session, where he took this selfie!
Speaking afterwards, Terry was appreciative of the hospitality he has enjoyed in China, and explained he hopes to make more of it in the future.
‘I’m delighted to be here out in China meeting the fans,’ he said. ‘I came to Guangzhou with Chelsea in 2008 and was well aware of the passion these fans have for the game, and I’m really privileged to be able to spend more time here now.
‘I was invited over to be an ambassador of football culture for the young kids, and as soon as I heard about it I wanted to come. I’m very honoured to be given the award by the Guangzhou Football Association, and I look forward to building the fan club for myself and Chelsea here.’
Terry, who reports back to the club for pre-season training next month, believes we will need to be even better next season if we are to keep hold of our Barclays Premier League crown.
Reflecting on the campaign just passed, he said: ‘Individually it was probably one of my best, which at my age when you get written off a little bit it’s nice to bounce back with the season I had.
‘More importantly for the team last year we were very good and to be top of the league the whole way through was an exceptional thing to do, when you look at the quality of the sides nowadays, it takes a lot of doing. But we can’t dwell on that, you get a couple of days to celebrate but it’s finished now and we have to concentrate on next season and improve upon that again.’
The Chelsea Foundation is also active in Guanghzou, and the club is partnered alongside the Guanghzou R&F Football Club, with whom we work to provide excellent academic education as well as high-level football coaching to more than 200 students aged between nine and 12.