Wednesday 26 October 2016

Chelsea offer Terry one-year extension to stay at Bridge

Chelsea's John Terry offered a contract extension
Chelsea's John Terry offered a contract extension

Chelsea captain John Terry has been offered a one-year contract extension, the club have announced.

Terry is out of contract at the end of this season and in January said he would not be extending his stay.

The Blues insisted an offer may be forthcoming, and it arrived this week.

A Chelsea spokesperson said: "(Director) Marina Granovskaia and (chairman) Bruce Buck met with John and his agent this week and offered him a one-year contract extension.

"With it coming so late in the season, this is a big decision for John and his family and it is something that they are now considering."

The 35-year-old defender has made 703 appearances since his debut in October 1998. Chelsea, who can finish ninth at best, play Leicester, their successors as champions, tomorrow at Stamford Bridge, but Terry is suspended following his dismissal at Sunderland.

Chelsea sought to draw a line on the matter with the statement, allowing Terry to consider the offer and interim boss Guus Hiddink to focus on his final media conference ahead of his last game against Leicester. Antonio Conte will arrive as head coach at the conclusion of Italy's involvement in this summer's European Championship.

"It's good to have big players in a club who are big personalities," Hiddink said.

"I'm always in favour, generally, that players, ex-players - I'm not talking about John now - are having a lot of influence in the culture of the club.

"Maybe, I don't know when, in the future, it's also for John."

Hiddink lauded Terry's longevity, saying: "Twenty, 21 years at the club is huge. That's why they become legends. You must cherish those legends for the future as well."

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