John Terry facing uncertain Chelsea future
Chelsea captain John Terry will not open talks over a new contract until the end of the season
John Terry's long-term future at Chelsea will remain in doubt until the summer, with the club unlikely to open discussions about an extension to his contract until the end of the season, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The Blues captain still has 18 months to run on his existing deal, but in line with the club's self-imposed policy of offering one-year contracts to all players over the age of 30, the defender can expect the same treatment, when negotiations open in June.
Roman Abramovich has been reviewing the respective futures of a number of Chelsea veterans on a case-by-case basis, with Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole already entered into the final six months of their deals.
Cole agreed a one-year extension last week, despite reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain, while Lampard has been told that he is free to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.
Terry's future is perhaps the most sensitive of all, though, given his hero status among Chelsea supporters, and close relationship with the west London club's Russian owner.
The former England international has been revered as the Blues skipper during the most successful period in the club's history, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, as well as lifting the Champions League trophy in Munich last May.
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea and Abramovich will make an exception for Terry, and waive the one-year contract policy. But, given Lampard's situation, and the Russian's desire to overhaul an ageing squad, it special dispensation appears unlikely.
Terry has endured a disrupted season so far, with a four-match domestic ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand followed by a serious knee injury that has only just allowed him to return to Chelsea's first-team squad.