Mourinho hints at new Chelsea deal for Terry

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has given a strong hint that captain John Terry will extend his stay at the club by signing a contract for next season, the Daily Mail has reported.

The West London side’s policy is to only offer one-year deals to players aged over 30, meaning that Terry’s current deal expires next summer. Despite that, the former England star is likely to stay given his continuing importance to the team, having started almost every Premier League game since Mourinho returned to the club in 2013.

His central defensive partnership with Gary Cahill has played a key part in Chelsea sitting atop the Premier League after 15 games, and comfortably making the knockout stages of the Champions League.

And Mourinho, who will make his recommendations to the Chelsea hierarchy over contracts later on in the season, believes the Terry can play on for Chelsea for at least three more years. ‘Every individual is an individual,’ he said.

‘There are old players at the age of 22. I know some – 22 and old. I know young guys at 36 or 37. John is one of them. I had Javier Zanetti at Inter who was already 37. When the other guys came after a day off from training, he’d run from his home to burn the energy from his day off. I don’t know (how long Terry can play). You never know when. The important thing is that, tomorrow, it’s the next match and he’s in great condition to play.’

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