Chelsea stalwarts John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole will reportedly have to wait until the end of the season before discovering if they will be awarded new deals with the club.
All three players are out of contract in the summer meaning they are already allowed to negotiate with prospective suitors regarding a potential free transfer once their deals have expired.
But, according to the Daily Star, Chelsea will not open talks of their own with the trio until the current campaign is over, which will lead to inevitable speculation that three of the club's most decorated players may leave Stamford Bridge.
Both Lampard and Cole are nearing the end of one-year contracts they signed at the end of last term, and the fact that the former turns 36 in the summer may result in the offer of another extension not being forthcoming.
Cole, meanwhile, has spent a significant amount of time out of the Chelsea team following the return of Jose Mourinho to the club, with the 33-year-old having started only half his team's outings in the Premier League.
Terry is the only of the three to remain very much part of Mourinho's plans for this season at least, although the acquisition of teenager Kurt Zouma suggests the club are already planning for the future without their captain.