Terry wants to stay at Chelsea as long as club will have him

John Terry has vowed to stay at Chelsea for as long as he can and fight for his place in the team, but also conceded he may be reluctantly forced to leave Stamford Bridge next summer, reports The Telegraph.

Terry only has one year remaining on his contract, but the club are yet to come forward and offering an extension leaving the former England international unsure about where his future lies.

He has promised, however, that were he to leave Chelsea next summer he could not play for another English club.

He said: “I’d love to stay at Chelsea. If that’s not the case, I have got another year left which I will honour and respect, regardless of if it’s a yes or a no. Naturally it would be disappointing but at the same time you understand that you can’t be around forever.

“I’ll definitely be here next year. Where I would go after that, it certainly wouldn’t be in England. I couldn’t do that to Chelsea or the fans. It might be another year, or another two, I don’t know.

“It depends on my fitness and me staying in a good enough condition to impress the guys who make those decisions.

“I’ll wait for the club. Being honest I’m probably not in the strongest position to go knocking anyway, not playing. That’s not my style. I’m happy to leave things until they come to me. We’ve always had that mutual respect between ourselves.”

Terry has fallen down the defensive pecking order at Stamford Bridge in recent months owing to manager Rafael Benitez’s rotation policy, but with a new manager set to arrive in the summer this would appear to present a new opportunity for Terry to make it difficult for the new boss to not offer him a new deal.

Terry implied he would even be happy to stay at the club as a squad player if that is what it took, but as things stand at present it appears he could be heading down a similar road to team-mate Frank Lampard, who is also unsure whether or not he will be offered a new deal with the club once his current contract expires this summer.

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