Chelsea are confident John Terry will agree a new one-year contract, extending his stay at Stamford Bridge to 18 seasons, reports The Times.
The Blues skipper recently spoke out about his desire to commit to a new contract and hoped the conclusion to talks with Eden Hazard would spell the start of his own negotiations. However, Chelsea's next priority is to tie down Jose Mourinho to a new deal with Terry having to wait until his contract is in its final weeks.
But Chelsea are not worried about the centre-back's loyalty and are confident he will sign whatever is put in front of him. His current deal sees him earn £150,000-a-week and Chelsea officials may try to negotiate a discounted rate for the man who will be 35-years-old later this year.
Mourinho talks underway
The reason Terry will have to wait is because Roman Abramovich wants to make sure Mourinho's future in west London is tied down. They are ready to offer him a new four-year contract complete with a pay rise. However, the Special One will not divert his attention away from this campaign where Chelsea are competing for three trophies.
Mourinho has spoken of his desire to remain at Chelsea for the foreseeable future but he is still reportedly ready to assert his worth. With the Premier League TV rights deal set to bring in another windfall of cash, the Portuguese manager will expect his cut. There are no problems expected with negotiations.
"If we had of bought one or two players in at that time that we could have got, I felt we would have had a team capable of winning the league"
With contract talks out of the way the next biggest story coming out of Stamford Bridge is a claim from Harry Redknapp that Eden Hazard almost joined Tottenham Hotspur before eventually agreeing a deal with Chelsea.
"I was with Hazard in Paris, four hours I spent with him. He wanted to come to Tottenham, but the deal dragged on and didn't happen," he told talkSPORT.
Redknapp also claimed that Thibaut Courtois almost became a Tottenham star when he was in charge.
He said: "The goalkeeper, Courtois, we had him for next to nothing when he was 17 and that was another deal that dragged on forever and we didn't get it over the line. He should have been at Tottenham.
"If we had of bought one or two players in at that time that we could have got, I felt we would have had a team capable of winning the league."
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