Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has insisted that John Terry wants to stay at Stamford Bridge.
With Terry's contract set to expire at the end of the season, the west London outfit are yet to offer their club captain a new deal.
Terry revealed back in January that he would be departing the club at the end of the season.
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Despite it appearing that there haven't been any developments in the saga, it seems that Terry is still hoping to stay on at his beloved club.
Lampard, who faced a similar situation at the Bridge before moving on, has admitted that 'it's a difficult one' with Terry but claims that the veteran deserves a new contract.
Speaking to Goal.com, the former England international stated: “It’s a difficult one with John Terry. I think, for me, he’s been probably the best defender at Chelsea again this year. I think he’s a leader, he has a huge presence with the club.
"For me, I would [give him another contract], but it’s a decision for the club to make. I know John wants to stay.
"I think he’s a help for the young players at the club, I think he’s a link with the fans at the club, but the decision will be made by the owners. Same as what happened with me, eventually your time comes. I’m not sure now is his time. I’ve seen him perform this year, and I think he’s done very well."
First thing's first, this season has not gone to plan for Terry or Chelsea, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the club should give up on him just yet.
Gary Cahill may well be younger, but is he really any better? Probably not. Terry definitely has another year at the top left in him and the next manager of Chelsea should do all he can to keep the skipper on board.
The club's hierarchy may well be looking to spend big this summer, but it won't be easy to replace their leader.
His influence in the dressing room shouldn't be underestimated and, ahead of a summer of expected transition, Terry shouldn't be made surplus to requirements.
After a disastrous season - the club currently sit in 10th place in the division - they should look to Terry to inspire them back to the summit of the table. His leadership and class can once again shine through next season.
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