Saturday 24 September 2016

John Terry expects Guus Hiddink to be in demand if manager leaves in summer

Published 03/03/2016 | 21:11

John Terry is hopeful he may yet stay with Chelsea beyond this summer
John Terry is hopeful he may yet stay with Chelsea beyond this summer

John Terry believes Guus Hiddink will be the target of "a million clubs" if he is allowed to leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

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Since succeeding the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, the Dutchman has inspired a considerable improvement in Chelsea's performances which has taken them back into contention for the Premier League's top six.

He was appointed on an interim basis until the season's end and neither he nor Chelsea have suggested there is a chance he could remain beyond then, despite their promising form and the fact they have lost only once since his return to the club.

Terry will also leave Chelsea at the end of the season if his contract is not renewed, but asked if the squad he captains wants Hiddink to stay, he responded: "We've all kind of said it but the club's made that clear, he's made it clear as well (that Hiddink staying is unlikely).

"Certainly what he has done is put himself in the shop window. I bet there's a million clubs out there, seeing what he's done at the football club.

"Who knows? It might be an opportunity for him, or whether he'll stay in a role within the club I'm not sure. Both times Guus (has managed Chelsea he) has been perfect.

"The way we were performing under Jose, we didn't do him credit, we didn't do ourselves credit, and I think this form was going to come.

"That's not taking away from Guus and what he's done, but it's very fair to look at it and differentiate the two because it's not fair on Jose because he was unbelievable what he's done at our football club, and Guus has come in and picked up the reins again and taken us in a really good direction."

Terry confirmed there had been "no talks at the moment" regarding his future. He remains sidelined with a hamstring injury but revealed he could yet feature when Chelsea host Stoke on Saturday as he attempts to recover his fitness before the second leg of their Champions League last-16 fixture with Paris Saint-Germain, on Wednesday.

"(PSG is) the target," he said. "I may be involved in some capacity at the weekend, but we're just taking it day by day. I had a good, positive day (on Thursday) but it could flair up (on Friday) so I'm just taking it slowly.

"I really hope (these games won't be my last for Chelsea). You don't know, and there's no dialogue at the moment, but that's not to say there won't be. Who knows what the future's going to hold for me?"

:: John Terry was speaking at the London Football Awards in London, raising funds for national charity Willow. For more information, visit londonfootballawards.org.

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