Thierry Henry believes Antonio Conte will fight to keep John Terry at Chelsea even though the defender has already confirmed his departure.
The veteran defender announced he was set to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expired at the end of the season, claiming the club had told him he would not be given an extension.
It was later revealed that they had simply told him that he would have to wait for the new manager – then undecided – to decide his fate. An official statement published on the club website refused to close the door on their long-standing captain.
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Now Conte has been confirmed and will take charge after leading Italy to Euro 2016, a final decision over his future looks set to be made in the coming weeks.
And Henry, who himself came up against Terry in his Arsenal days, believes Conte will not hesitate to keep the 35-year-old at the club for at least one more season. In fact, the Sky Sports pundit says it is "vital" that Terry stays in west London and believes Conte will "love" his combative attitude.
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Protecting the club legends
“In my opinion, it’s vital John Terry stays at the club he has served so well and he is just the sort of win-at-all-costs character that Conte will love,” Henry wrote in The Sun on Sunday.
“In Italy, 1-0 is regarded as an amazing result. They don’t care how many chances a team creates, they are happy to defend a one-goal lead all day long and Terry fits that bill perfectly.
“John has been one of the great defenders of the modern era and still has a lot to offer to Chelsea.
“He might not be the player he was five or six years ago but the Italians are generally very protective of their club legends because they understand their value in the dressing room and the training ground.”
"Ideally, I would have loved to stay, but the club's moving in a different direction. It's not going to be a fairytale ending. I'm not going to retire at Chelsea, which it took me a couple of days to get over."
Those were the words spoken by Terry back in February, the words that came as a shock to both Chelsea fans as well as the club officials.
In fact, it reportedly irked the Stamford Bridge bigwigs so much that Henry theorised that Conte may not have any say in Terry's future after all.
He continued: “It seems that some decisions are taken over the manager’s head at Chelsea and this could be one of those.
“It’s easy to say that Roman Abramovich should back off and show more patience to his managers but this is the guy who has done everything for Chelsea and he has earned the right to do pretty much whatever he wants.”
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