Jose Mourinho has warned his Chelsea players that he will be picking the squad based on merit and attitude on training, not past performances.
This comes after Mourinho controversially dropped captain Iker Casillas during his time at Real Madrid, going against the fans' wishes.
This also rules out the kind of events that occurred when Andre Villas-Boas was at the helm, when it was often reported that players often went against managerial decisions.
Speaking to Spanish TV programme Punta Pelota, Mourinho said: "I am a coach who looks for meritocracy. Whoever I think is best must play - without looking at status or the past. You play in the games as you would train. It is a normal situation."
And during the interview, "The Special One" was also quick to justify his decisions to leave players out of the team in the past.
Mourinho added: "As it was normal for me to leave Marco Materazzi, a mythical player at Inter Milan on the bench. Or like [Rafael] Benitez this year at Chelsea with John Terry.
"The fans can think that Iker Casillas is better than Diego Lopez. I accept that but I am the coach. If they play or not, this is the problem for the player."
So it seems that Mourinho will have the final say on any decisions made on the pitch - and one of these is concluding Terry's future at the club.
The former England international has only one year left on his contract, and should he leave Terry on the bench as Benitez did, this could spark the end of Terry's Chelsea career.
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