Chelsea captain John Terry has made it clear that he's desperate to persuade Blues chiefs he has a future in the first-team beyond this season, despite being left in the dark over whether the club has plans to offer him a new deal.
Terry is in the same boat as last year, out of contract at the end of the campaign and waiting to hear if he's worth a one-year contract extension.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho decided to keep Terry but let Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole go at the end of last season, but will the former England skipper get the same treatment 12 months on?
Terry waiting for contract talks
After Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain the centre-back was asked about his future by The Mirror, revealing: “Last year I was a bit nervous and knocking on the door myself. But I know their position and they know mine. I want to stay. Hopefully, my displays are showing that and they want to keep me.
“I’ll be happy with another year and then we’ll see how we go year by year. I’ve not got much choice. No talks have happened between myself and the club, but we both respect each other’s position.”
Sorting Terry's future has to be top priority
Chelsea finally made sure Eden Hazard was going nowhere last week, persuading the Belgian maestro to sign a five-and-a-half year deal worth a whopping £200,000-a-week.
Now Hazard's future is secure Chelsea have to turn their attention to keeping Terry, a man who has arguably been the most consistent centre-back in the Premier League yet again this season despite his advancing years.
Terry is still their first choice in that position, with Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma fighting to partner him rather than forming an alternative partnership.
That should be evidence enough for Mourinho to make sure Terry stays put for next season at the very least, because he'll cost an absolute fortune to replace and will be a bigger loss in the Chelsea dressing room than Cole and Lampard combined.
Thrown in the fact that Petr Cech looks almost certain to move on this summer and Chelsea simply can't afford to lose the two most experienced men in their squad at the same time. Offering Terry fresh terms for next season is an absolute no-brainer.
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