Guus Hiddink has insisted that John Terry still has a future at Chelsea, despite the captain announcing he would be leaving at the end of the season.
Terry’s current deal expires in the summer and last week he revealed that Chelsea haven’t offered him a new contract and that he would be leaving the club.
However, Hiddink admitted that he was surprised at Terry’s announcement and believes that Chelsea are still yet to make a decision on his contract situation.
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“It was sad by John. He is entitled to his decision after his contract ends, at the end of the season he can make up his mind,” the caretaker manager said.
“On the other hand, and I don’t want to overvalue this, there is the club side who still wants to have the open dialogue and open door.
“It was surprising that he did it. There was no specific decision made. It is early, you have to see what is going on with the transition of the manager as well.”
Terry has been at the club since the age of 14 and it’s understood that he’s frustrated that he’s yet to be contacted about a potential new deal. Chelsea are reportedly wanting to wait to discover who will be at the helm next season before offering any new deals.
However, in the meantime, the club have offered under-performing defender Bratislava Ivanovic a new contract whilst also signing Alexandre Pato and Matt Miazga during the transfer window.
Still a quality player
But Hiddink doesn’t believe that these deals should be taken into consideration when talking about Terry’s contract and is adamant that his captain is still capable of playing at the top level.
“You have to judge every issue as an individual case. The others are nothing to do with John’s case. The door is not shut. Dialogue is always possible.
“He is very fit, he is not what you would normally see with 35 and 36-year-olds, that you feel they get a little bit slower. He is fit and is performing as he is doing while I am here, he will continue to do that, I am convinced.
“He will do regardless of what the situation is, he will do it professionally and with his heart as well.”