Chelsea are yet to open talks with Branislav Ivanovic over a new deal, leaving him with just 12 months on his contract, reports The Mail.
The 31-year-old remarkably played every minute of Chelsea's title-winning Premier League campaign last term, establishing himself as a key player at right-back.
But despite playing such a prominent role in the team, Jose Mourinho has declined to open negotiations over an extension.
It leaves the Serbian just six months from being able to hold pre-contract talks with foreign clubs and could potentially allow him to leave for nothing next summer.
With John Terry's future already wrapped up, there were question marks over why Chelsea declined to extend Ivanovic's £75,000-a-week contract.
Interest in Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne suggested that Mourinho was preparing to replace Ivanovic this summer. However, it now appears that he is still valued at Stamford Bridge and will sit down with Chelsea officials at the soonest possible moment.
That moment will come on July 14 when a host of Chelsea stars will return for pre-season training at their Cobham complex.
While others will be out on the pitch shaking off the rust, Ivanovic will be in the boardroom with his agent discussing terms.
Chelsea are likely to offer Ivanovic a one-year extension on his current deal, taking him until his 33rd birthday when his position in the squad will be reevaluated.
The Chelsea captain Terry has shown that it is more than possible to continue playing at the highest level well into your mid-30s after his stellar form last season inspired the Blues to their fourth Premier League crown.
However, the extra attacking duties given to a right-back suggests that Ivanovic would have to move into a central position if his legs are to last. He would then be competing with the established Gary Cahill and the emerging Kurt Zouma for playing time.
Mourinho tends to favour the dependency that comes with experience rather than the enthusiasm that comes with youth but whether he will allow Ivanovic to stall the development of an exciting talent like Zouma is in question.
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