Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has heaped pressure on senior officials to resolve the future of club captain John Terry by indicating that he wants the defender to sign a new contract and extend his stay at Stamford Bridge beyond 2015.
The 33-year-old penned a one year pay-as-you-play deal back in May that kept the Blues skipper's basic salary at around £150,000-a-week, with performance related add-ons that - if met - meant the inspirational stopper would remain one of the club's highest earners.
Terry has been an ever-present for Mourinho in the Premier League this season, adding to the 47 appearances that he made for Chelsea in 2013/14 in what was the Portuguese coach's first year back in charge in west London.
He's showing no signs of slowing down having established an impressive partnership with Gary Cahill at the heart of Chelsea's defence, so it would be no surprise to see Terry handed another extension that will keep him at the club until the end of next season.
After missing only four games in the whole of the previous campaign, Mourinho ordered Chelsea chiefs to get the former England international signed up again as a matter of priority.
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Terry had been desperate to negotiate a two-year extension, but Roman Abramovich refused to budge from his policy of only offering 12-month deals to players aged over 30.
The Russian owner's stubborn stance meant talks did stall for a period of about four weeks, before player and club eventually reached a compromise that clearly highlighted the prospects of the Chelsea leader maximising his deal.
Unfortunately the same could not be said for former team-mates Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, who were both deemed surplus to requirements moving forward, and as a result the veterans were allowed to leave upon the expiry of their respective contracts in the summer.
It's unlikely that the same issue will arise again for Terry next summer, particularly after Mourinho spoke out about the important role that his captain plays both on and off the pitch. He's clearly still an important figure in the dressing room and one that would be extremely difficult to replace.
"It's not the time to speak about it [a contract renewal]," Mourinho was quoted by talkSPORT speaking in Tuesday's press conference ahead of Chelsea's Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur. "But he [Terry] knows what I think, he knows what I feel."
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