David Luiz thinks Chelsea should show John Terry “more respect” as the Blues captain prepares to leave the club.
Terry revealed last month that his contract would not be renewed, paving the way for the Chelsea legend to leave the club despite appearing to still be the best centre-back at Stamford Bridge.
Luiz, who left Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain in 2014, criticised the club’s actions on the eve of Chelsea’s trip to face PSG in the Champions League last-16.
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The Brazilian has joined a large portion of Chelsea fans who believe the decision to let Terry leave in the summer will be one the club come to regret.
Speaking to the Mirror, he said: “John is probably Chelsea’s greatest ever player, the club need to show him more respect.
“He has been clear that he wants to stay at the club, and they are making him wait for an answer.
“That is not how you treat a player who has given you so much and been a big part of so much success. The fans love John - if this is not handed well, they are not going to be happy.
“I am confused why John hasn’t been offered a new contract. He is still the best central defender at the club and one of the best in England, there should be no question about him being offered another year.”
Terry joined the club at the age of 14 and has been a central figure in their rise to the elite ranks. Now 35, there’s no doubting the centre-back could still do a decent job at the heart of the Blues defence for at least one more year.
Added to his playing ability is his experience and leadership, two traits that cannot be brought to the Chelsea locker room by any other player. Youngsters Kurt Zouma, Matt Miazga and Andreas Christensen could all learn a great deal from Terry.
Last season's thriller
The captain will not share the field with Luiz in Tuesday’s European tie - he has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury suffered in Saturday’s thumping win over Newcastle.
It will be the third meeting between the two sides in three straight years and Luiz certainly has fond memories of their last encounter.
The PSG defender scored in the 86th minute to send last season’s second leg into extra-time, and the French side advanced on away goals thanks to Thiago Silva’s 114th minute header.
Guus Hiddink takes his Chelsea team to Paris on a 12-game unbeaten streak and buoyed by Saturday’s 5-1 win against Newcastle. However, Laurent Blanc’s side have a 24 point lead at the top of Ligue 1 and were able to rest star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their 0-0 draw against Lille.
Thibaut Courtois warned his team-mates the Swedish forward would be out for revenge after his red card in last season’s tie and a fiery, rested Ibrahimovic against a Chelsea defence sans Terry could prove fatal.