Chelsea midfielder Willian has heaped praise on team-mate John Terry by admitting the defender might be the greatest player in the club’s history.
The names of Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Peter Osgood are among those up for debate, but Willian thinks Terry could trump all three.
The 35-year-old has made over 700 appearances in a 21-year stay at Chelsea and many will echo Willian’s words.
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Speaking to Squawka, the winger said: “He is definitely one of the greatest or maybe the greatest player of Chelsea’s history.
“He has won everything for the club. He is respected by all of us.”
Willian also weighed in on Terry’s contract saga by admitting he doesn’t think the defender will be at the club next season.
Terry’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign and the board have no intention of offering the Chelsea legend a new deal.
Willian added: “I think he would like to stay longer with us, but unfortunately it seems he won’t be able to remain as a Chelsea player.
“The club won’t probably extend his contract. I can just wish him the best of luck for the rest of his career.”
There are many who believe the former England defender can still be a key member of the squad next season, and not just for his experience and attitude.
After a slow start - which coincided with Chelsea’s miserable early season - Terry has rediscovered his form and appears more than capable of starting for the club next season.
With Kurt Zouma out for the rest of the season after suffering an ACL tear in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United, allowing Terry to leave would be a big risk as the club have no idea whether the injury will impact Zouma’s performance.
Then, of course, there’s the assistance Terry could provide new signing Matt Miazga, 20, as he adjusts to English football.
However Terry’s Chelsea career ends, Willian is right. He will certainly go down as one of the club’s all-time greats.
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