Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink thinks John Terry could easily continue at the club beyond the end of the season. The Dutch boss thinks the Blues's long-time captain has what it takes to extend his career at the highest level, but admitted the decision is out of his own hands.
Terry, 35, may have already played his last game for the Stamford Bridge club after he was sent off in their 3-2 loss against Sunderland last weekend. However, Hiddink said the former England captain is capable of playing for Chelsea next season.
"When I make a judgement on how he plays and his fitness, he is able to continue," said Hiddink during a pre-match press conference ahead of his side's trip to Liverpool, according to the BBC. "But the decision is up to the club and not for me to make declarations on that."
Chelsea's interim boss said the skipper has continued to train in a professional manner, despite the disappointment of being sent off against the Mackems. "He has been in training in recent days. When you come on the pitch for training after being sent off, it's not beautiful. Training has lifted his morale," Hiddink shared. "Not being there in the last two games is a blow for him and us as well."
Meanwhile, Hiddink also revealed he will continue to advise the west London club after the end of this season, when he will be replaced by Italy's current manager Antonio Conte. "I will be involved in football but not in the limelight by helping out clubs and players we can improve," Hiddink said of his post-Chelsea career.
The boss admitted, too, that Chelsea's failure to qualify for Europe next season is tantamount to a football "disaster". "When I think about disasters, I think about bigger things in the world. Of course, when we go into our closed football world, you might call it a disaster," he confessed. "Chelsea must be at the top, fighting for silverware, like they are used to. My first job was to get us out of the relegation zone − nothing else − and we achieved that."