Mourinho to decide on Terry’s Chelsea future amid Monaco interest

Jose Mourinho is weighing up whether or not John Terry can still contribute to Chelsea under his management with big-spending Monaco – managed by former Blues boss Claudio Ranieri – considering a bid for the defender, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Terry is entering the final year of his current contract and while Mourinho is said to be keen on retaining a core group of experienced players among his squad, doubts have been raised over Terry’s ability to perform regularly in the Premier League. The 32-year-old was often left on the bench by Mourinho’s predecessor Rafael Benitez and suffered regular injuries during the course of last season, causing the centre-back to miss the Europa League final.

Monaco are willing to offer Chelsea £7m to part with their captain and would be able to match Terry’s wage packet at Stamford Bridge, tax-free, on a two-year contract. Chelsea have lately only signed their over-30s players to one-year deals, such as the contract given to Frank Lampard, with Mourinho said to be part of the reason the midfielder was re-signed for another year.

The principality club have already spent heavily this summer, signing Porto pair James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho for a combined £60m, and Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao for £50m. Ranieri is said by the Telegraph to be an admirer of Terry from their days working together – the Italian was in charge at Chelsea until 2004 – and Mourinho is thought to be keen to sign a new centre-back.

Raphael Varane is the manager’s preferred choice but having left Real Madrid under a cloud, it is considered unlikely the Spanish club would be willing to deal with their former manager. Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala is another option, although there are also doubts over the future of David Luiz, who is a target for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

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