Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic appears to have unwittingly confirmed John Terry will definitely be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Terry's current contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season. While the club initially announced at the end of January the 35-year-old will not be offered a new deal, Chelsea later said that situation could still change before the end of the season, as reported by ESPN.
But ahead of the arrival of new manager Antonio Conte, no new offer has been forthcoming. The former England international could have already played his last game for the club after he was shown his second red card of the season against Sunderland on 7 May, earning him a two-match suspension with just two games of the season remaining.
Speaking after the 3-2 defeat to the Black Cats, Matic's comments suggested that was the case.
"Of course he [Terry] is not happy we lost," Matic said. "But we know what he has done for this club and what he has won. All of us in the team wish him all the best for the future and of course this is not a good way to finish in a club but we don't forget what he won and what he has already done."
Terry will miss Wednesday's trip to Liverpool and the final game of the season at home to Leicester City as a result of his latest sending off, a decision Hiddink felt was too impulsive.
"Very disappointing," Hiddink told BBC Radio 5live when asked about Terry seeing red. "It was a decision made a little bit over the top.
"Both players went for the ball and in the intensity of this game the referee was too close. I think he should have thought five seconds more and it was too harsh to make this decision."