Chelsea not feeling the need to hasten contract talks with Terry

Chelsea will not be pushed into opening talks with captain John Terry over a new contract by reported interest in the centre-back from Galatasaray, according to the Independent.

Terry’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season and it had been rumoured that the Turkish giants were ready to swoop for the former England skipper, with ex-Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, now in charge at Gala, eager to see Terry move to the club. For their part, Galatasaray were said to be willing to meet Terry’s £170,000 per week wages.

The newspaper claims, however, that Terry wants to stay at Chelsea – but the club are yet to begin discussions over extending his deal and will not do so until nearer the end of the current campaign. The approach is part of a policy of not giving long-term contracts to players over 30, with Terry’s teammates Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole in the same situation.

It is expected that Jose Mourinho’s thoughts will carry a lot of weight in Chelsea’s decision to extend Terry’s contract – or not, as the case may be. Terry has started every Premier League game since Mourinho returned as manager, having been used much more sparingly by the Portuguese’s predecessor, interim manager Rafael Benitez.

The 32-year-old Terry made his Chelsea debut in 1998-99 season, playing seven times in that campaign. Bar a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 2000, Terry has spent his entire career at Stamford Bridge, playing almost 600 times for the club and scoring more than 50 goals.

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