Chelsea captain John Terry is likely to learn before the end of the season whether he will remain at Stamford Bridge after resuming talks with the club over a contract extension. The 35-year-old is set to end a 21-year association with the west London side in the summer after being told he would not be offered an extension to his contract.
Terry revealed in January that the club had informed him no new deal would be forthcoming, seemingly bringing an end to his spell which began as a trainee in 1995. The Blues insist negotiations would continue, however there has been no update regarding his future. Fans used the 1-1 draw with Liverpool to urge the board to offer him a new deal.
With no immediate plans to retire Terry – who has made 32 appearances this term in all competitions – will like move on to pastures new with Chelsea boss-in-waiting Antonio Conte forced to seek a replacement in the transfer window. Interim boss Guss Hiddink has however indicated discussions have restarted and a decision could be reached before the climax to the season against Leicester City on Sunday (15 May), a game Terry will miss due to suspension.
"Let's wait [and see] what happens," Hiddink said after Chelsea's 1-1 draw against Liverpool, according to The Times. "There was contact [between Terry and the club] but because I was focused on the game, I have not heard the results of that. Hopefully both are wise parties. We will see regarding his near future, let's hope for the best."
Following his move from West Ham United, Terry represents one of the few recent success stories for the Chelsea academy – making him an overwhelming fan favourite despite his chequered career off the field. Terry has won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League during a glittering career with the club but he is braced for an unceremonial end at his boyhood side.