Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is set to make the final decision on the future of club captain John Terry.
According to The Times, Terry is set to meet with the Russian's closest confidants Marina Granovskaia and Michael Emenalo later this week, who will relay the news to him.
It has been widely expected that Terry would depart when his contract expires at the end of the season, but the 35-year-old recently declared his desire to remain in west London.
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"I still want to play for a couple more years, hopefully that's at Chelsea," said Terry.
Those comments signified a turnaround from the former England international, who took the decision to announce his departure in January, saying the club had decided not to extend his contract beyond the current season.
It was soon made clear that Chelsea were waiting to hire a new manager before making a final decision and have since announced that Antonio Conte will take charge following Italy's Euro 2016 campaign.
However, while Chelsea have indeed waited until a deal for Conte was agreed before making the decision, the incoming manager will not have the final say over whether Terry stays or goes.
We can only assume that Abramovich has sought the opinion of the former Juventus boss and added it to his considerations but it appears odd that the oligarch has made himself the supreme ruler in this matter.
Whatever happens, Terry is not going to be short of offers. Indeed, The Sun recently reported that the centre-back could become one of the highest-paid players in the world in the Chinese Super League.
The state-backed spending spree has seen former Chelsea star Ramires and Colombian star Jackson Martinez move to the Far East and Terry has been told he would earn £12m-a-year if he agreed to become the face of the CSL.
Sven-Goran Eriksson, who coached him while manager of England, wants the defender at his club Shanghai SIPG while Phil Scolari, manager of champions Guangzhou Evergrande, is also keen.
Having been sent off against Sunderland, Terry denied himself the opportunity to have a big send-off at Stamford Bridge on the final day of the Premier League season. He responded by renting out the west London stadium to have a kickabout on the following Monday.
It should have cost him £22,000 but Chelsea have made it clear that the hiring fee will be waived for the club legend, who has made 703 appearances, scored 66 goals and lifted 14 trophies in an 18-year career.
He will have full access to the dressing rooms, dugouts, match officials, stadium screens and the public address system. However, playing in front of empty stands seems an unsatisfactory ending for one of Chelsea's greatest ever players.
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