John Terry's Chelsea career is not over, according to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.
The Chelsea captain revealed on Sunday evening that Chelsea had not offered him a contract extension and, as a result, he would be finishing his football career elsewhere.
The 35-year-old has subsequently been strongly linked with a move to MLS, however, Redknapp does not believe this season will necessarily be the end of Terry's Stamford Bridge story.
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Speaking to Sky Sports, the former England midfielder said: "He's the sort of guy that could have a fantastic run until the end of the season and they end up giving him a new contract at the end of the year.
"I still don't think it is the end of it yet, I still feel there could be a twist and turn in this one, you'd like to hope that Chelsea would see some sense and realise what this man still has to offer."
Though Terry hasn't been offered a one-year extension on his current contract, Chelsea have not publically shut the door on their captain.
In a statement on their official website, the club stated: "He is a fantastic servant of Chelsea Football Club and a superb captain and, as such, the club will keep the channels of dialogue open. While no new deal currently on the table, that situation could change in the coming months."
Surely it's a no-brainer
Regardless of their history of discarding players in their 30s, this appears to be a shortsighted decision by Chelsea.
Despite his age, Terry remains their most consistent centre-back, whilst his leadership in a side capable of capitulation is invaluable.
Throughout the chaos that has consistently engulfed Stamford Bridge during the Roman Abramovich era, Terry has remained a constant and his departure would have significant effects.
Both Kurt Zouma and new signing Matt Miazga would greatly benefit from Terry's presence and experience, whilst Gary Cahill's consistency has always been enhanced by his partnership with the former England captain.
Redknapp was openly critical of Chelsea's lack of action in a repeat of the departure of Frank Lampard - Redknapp's cousin - almost two years ago: "I'd be doing everything I could to keep hold of John Terry at my football club if I was the owner or manager.
"I think he's got so much to offer, not only the first team but whenever you go to the academy he's always the poster boy there. He's the last player they brought through if you like, that has become a regular in the first team.
"They're going to miss that authority he holds. He can also still do a job on the pitch. It seems to be a little bit strange to get rid of him or not offer him a contract because he's got so much to offer that football club.
"John Terry has been the best Premier League defender I've seen, the best centre-back I've ever played against. He's just been a warrior."
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