Chelsea are reportedly set to begin talks with captain John Terry in the hope of agreeing an extension to his contract.
According to the Evening Standard, the Stamford Bridge club are eager to have Terry end his career in the Blue shirt and want his future resolved, despite his current contract not expiring in until the summer of 2014.
The report claims the former England captain’s influence at Chelsea is such they do not want any uncertainty around his future and want to avoid him getting into the final year of his contract.
Chelsea’s willingness to discuss and sew up a new deal promptly with Terry is in stark contract to that of other senior players.
The report claims Roman Abramovich’s officials has established a new policy that is in line with other big clubs whereby players over 30 will only be offered one-year extensions.
This has led to intense speculation over the future of left-back Ashley Cole and seen him linked with a switch to big-spending PSG in Ligue 1 as he wants a two-year extension to his deal, which expires at the end of the season.
Frank Lampard’s deal also expires then but the Standard report claims Stamford Bridge officials do not intend to open talks over a new one and are ready to let him leave for free in in the summer.
Didier Drogba left after encountering a similar situation at the end of last season; the Ivory Coast striker joined Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua after failing to agree a new deal with Chelsea, with the one-year rule being the main stumbling block.