John Terry has admitted that he is currently fighting for his future at Chelsea and cannot see himself playing for another club.
The Chelsea captain is out of contract in the summer and is yet to be offered an extension on his £150,000-a-week deal. His form suggests that Jose Mourinho will give him just that, but Terry believes his future at Stamford Bridge is far from secure.
"I am fighting for myself and my family, and to prove people wrong," Terry is quoted by Sky Sports as saying.
"It doesn't come much bigger than that. I want to give it everything.
"I don't know how long I have left. Hopefully I have a few years left but if this is my last year then I hope it will go out on a bang. I have my little target to play next year but beyond that, two or three years (more), I don't know."
Chelsea or nothing
Chelsea fans would loathe to see their long-standing skipper leave for another club, but Mourinho certainly has previous in a familiar area. Frank Lampard was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer last summer and eventually found himself playing for their title rivals Manchester City.
"There does come a point where it would be the right time to go, to say it's time to move on and people will remember you that way"
A similar fate for Terry would be unacceptable to the Stamford Bridge faithful, but the 34-year-old has assured Blues fans that he would not join another club like Lampard.
Asked if he would play for another club, Terry added: "No, and I also think there's a right time to go as well.
"Certainly I am feeling great at the minute and it would be the wrong time to go.
"But there does come a point where it would be the right time to go, to say it's time to move on and people will remember you that way."
Should Chelsea keep him?
Terry looked down and out before Mourinho arrived for his second stint in charge, but has been revitalised under the Special One. He has been tipped to be nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award and there have been calls for him to come out of international retirement.
His desire is still present and there is every chance he could play at the top level for one or even two more years. However, under financial fair play, he may have to accept a significant pay cut. Also, if Chelsea win a league and cup double or even a treble, Terry could leave on the highest of highs.
Does John Terry deserve a new contract or should Chelsea start to move on? Or should Terry leave on a high if the Blues seal their fourth Premier League title? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below!
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