John Terry has not given up hope of securing a new 12-month deal with Chelsea despite losing his place in the starting XI to Kurt Zouma.
The long-standing captain has struggled to hit top form this season and, after seeing the Blues concede 12 goals in their first four Premier League games, was dropped by Jose Mourinho.
With his contract set to expire next summer, attention is already starting to turn towards the 34-year-old's future and whether or not Mourinho will offer him a new deal.
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Mourinho ruthlessly cut prominent Chelsea stars Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole in 2014, allowing their contracts to expire. Some are already starting to expect a similar fate for Terry at the end of the current campaign.
However, a report in the Mail says Terry is refusing to assume the worst and is ready to fight hard to earn himself a new deal. Indeed, the former England skipper scrapped his way back to prominence last season and earned a 12-month deal worth £150,000-a-week.
But Zouma is starting to impress alongside Gary Cahill and was arguably the man of the match in the 2-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday. The Frenchman scored the opening goal and nullified the attacking threat from both Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez.
Mourinho's interest in Everton's John Stones would have also been a worry for Terry. Chelsea failed in their attempts to bring the 21-year-old to west London, but will surely renew their efforts in future windows.
Terry is likely to have a number of suitors if he is to leave the Blues, with Turkish side Fenerbahce well aware of his ongoing situation.
But Chelsea fans should not have to worry about a repeat of the Lampard situation. The midfielder would come back to haunt the Blues, playing for Manchester City and scoring against them in last season's 1-1 draw at the Etihad.
Luckily, Terry has already confirmed he would not consider playing for another Premier League club.
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