Chelsea to consider Terry’s long-term future at the end of the season
John Terry’s long-term future at Chelsea is to come under review at the end of the season as the centre-back approaches the final year of his contract with the Premier League club, the Daily Telegraph has reported.
As it stands Terry has 18 months to go on his existing deal but, as in the case of Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, may not be offered more than a year-long extension. Chelsea have been reluctant to renew the contracts of players over 30 and Terry, 32, fits into that category.
Lampard is expected to leave Stamford Bridge after 12 years when his contract expires at the end of the season but the same was felt regarding Cole, but the left-back recently agreed a 12-month extension to his terms despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain, managed by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The Telegraph claims that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is looking into each case on its individual merits and could deem Terry worth more than a year-long extension, in recognition of his importance to the side as the club captain. The newspaper adds though that this would be considered unlikely.
Terry, who could start for Chelsea against Swansea City in the second-leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday, has played more than 550 games for the Blues, captaining the club to three Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two League Cups. Chelsea also won the Champions League last season but Terry was unable to play in the final due to suspension.
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