Jose Mourinho: John Terry will get a new Chelsea deal
Jose Mourinho says captain John Terry will receive a contract extension at Chelsea and has hinted the defender could be a key figure beyond next season.
The 34-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the 2014/15 campaign, but Mourinho believes his form means he will be staying at Stamford Bridge.
“What I can guarantee is he will be a Chelsea player next season. I can guarantee that,” Mourinho said.
“No doubts he’s going to get his contract. I know what my board tells me. I also know what the player tells me.”
Chelsea policy dictates that players over the age of 30 are offered only 12-month deals.
Terry signed his current deal 48 hours after the end of last season – Mourinho’s first back at Stamford Bridge – but his next offer could come soon.
“It will be before the end of the season, for sure,” Mourinho added.
Asked if terms had been agreed, but the deal not yet signed, the Blues boss said: “I think it’s around that.”
Mourinho also believes he has time to find Terry’s successor in the centre of the Blues defence after helping to revive a career which appeared to be on the downturn under the Portuguese’s predecessor Rafael Benitez.
“This is a process we can take our time, because John is proving again this season that he’s a player for years,” Mourinho added.
“When I came back (in June 2013) he was coming from a difficult period, but last season he was very good, this season I think even better.”
Terry lifted the Capital One Cup on Sunday following a 2-0 win against Tottenham at Wembley. He now has 13 major trophies for the Blues. It was Mourinho’s first trophy of his second spell.
Petr Cech played in goal at Wembley, despite being displaced as first choice by Thibaut Courtois this term.
Mourinho will not stand in Cech’s way should he wish to leave at the end of the season.
But the Czech Republic goalkeeper’s status means a big fee will be required to prise him from Stamford Bridge as his contract does not expire until the end of next season. “He will make his decision,” Mourinho said. “He’s very mature to make what he feels is the best decision for him and the best decision for his future.
“I will just wait. I would like him very much to stay.
“I don’t waste my time trying to persuade him, because I know nobody can persuade him.
“If he tells me he wants to leave, I will tell him my opinion and my opinion is one of the three best goalkeepers in the world. Huge money.”
Cech and Terry were key figures when Mourinho followed his first trophy in English football, the 2005 League Cup, with Chelsea’s first championship in 50 years.
Chelsea resume their bid for a first Premier League title in five years at West Ham tonight, but Mourinho played down the impact of having won the first trophy of the season.
“I don’t think this victory brings us to paradise and everything is now beautiful for us,” Mourinho said.
“We are just happy, everybody likes to win competitions, but a normal happiness, no more than that.”
Chelsea have one game in hand after second-placed Manchester City lost at Liverpool on Sunday.
Mourinho said: “When our direct opponents lose points, it’s good for us.
“We have five points advantage, which in this competition is not a lot, because every game is very difficult. Mathematics plays a role in all of this - 12 matches to go, 36 points to play, 36 minus five (to City), we need 31 points. The next time we get three points, we need 28 points.”
Chelsea will be hoping for three points at Upton Park tonight. The Hammers, beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on St Stephen’s Day, have one win in 10 Premier League games, but Mourinho is taking nothing for granted.
“They can be everything,” he added. “Defensively very strong, which they showed against us a few times. They can also be very dangerous in attack.”
Mourinho plans to rotate his options but is without midfielders Nemanja Matic (suspended) and John Obi Mikel (knee).
Chelsea’s League Cup celebrations were short and muted, but the players have time off tomorrow and Friday this week ahead of the Champions League last-16 second leg at home to Paris St Germain next Wednesday.