Chelsea captain John Terry has accepted that there will be no first-team guarantees from manager Jose Mourinho this season.
The former England captain will face competition from countryman Gary Cahill and Brazil international David Luiz at Stamford Bridge.
Terry told Sky Sports: "No guarantees you will be in the side, nothing," when speaking about boss Mourinho on his second spell at Stamford Bridge. "Whether you are captain or not, he made that very clear from day one".
Although the 32-year-old started both of Chelsea's previous league fixtures against Hull City and Aston Villa, he will not be certain of a continuation throughout the season.
Chelsea's next game will be against champions Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Blues came up on top over the Red Devils last season in their 1-0 away victory, but that result didn't affect Sir Alex Ferguson's side's title campaign, as they had already claimed the title prior to the fixture.
Terry is reportedly set to start against United, which will be the defender's third consecutive start under Mourinho.
Although Terry accepts that he might not always start matches, will the former England international become Chelsea's main defender once again?
Considering Cahill's injury deficits, Terry may find himself in the back four more regularly compared to last season, where he only managed 14 league appearances under two different managers at Stamford Bridge.
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