No communication between myself and Chelsea, says Terry
Published 07/02/2016 | 20:06
John Terry says his public declaration that he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season is yet to bring the Blues to the negotiating table.
And Sky Sports pundits Graeme Souness and Thierry Henry see no reason why Terry should not extend his stay at Chelsea into a 19th season.
The 35-year-old, who made his 698th Chelsea appearance in Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw with Manchester United, last week said he expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, saying there would be no "fairytale ending".
Chelsea insisted channels of communication would remain open and Terry could yet be offered a 19th season at the club, with the incoming manager likely to be given a say.
When questioned about his future after Sunday's draw, Terry told Sky Sports 1: "It's a difficult one. The club's the most important thing.
"There's no communication between myself and the club at the minute and I said what I had to say and that's how it was."
Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink repeated the club's stance and insisted the Terry saga would not overshadow the season run-in.
Hiddink said: "He is not focusing on this issue."
Chelsea supporters made their feelings clear to the onlooking owner Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge, singing "sign him up" repeatedly, while the usual fan banners at either end of the ground were peeled back so one remained. It read: "JT Captain, Leader, Legend."
The captain thanked the supporters at the end.
He added: "(The atmosphere was) incredible, they're the best fans in the world.
"What they've done and given for me as a young 14 and 17-year-old boy... I'll never forget. The memories will live with me forever."
Souness, who captained Liverpool to numerous successes, sees no justification for allowing Terry to leave.
"I cannot believe John Terry won't be here next year," the Scot said.
"It would be a mistake at every level if you get rid of John Terry at this football club.
"I can't think of one reason why you wouldn't want him here. If it's solely down to football John Terry has to be here.
"You can go and spend all the money you want, spend £50million to £60m and go and buy the best centre-back out there, but he's not going to come into the Chelsea dressing room with the same influence.
"He might give you the same on the pitch, but he's not going to give what John Terry gives you in the dressing room."
Henry, who faced Terry numerous times during his distinguished career with Arsenal and Barcelona, said: "I cannot understand why you are keeping that guy in the dark. It doesn't make sense.
"He has to be here. I don't think the guys they're trying to buy are going to have the same influence he's having at the moment.
"His desire is there and he's been showing that desire for Chelsea for a long time."
Souness believes the treatment of Terry could have an adverse influence on other players as Chelsea enter another transitional summer in search of a new manager and with the likely absence of Champions League football.
Souness added: "If he's being treated shabbily...other people in that dressing room will think, 'If they can do that to John Terry, next up it'll be me'.
"It's a very dangerous road to go down. If it is John Terry's time to go you've got to let him exit with some dignity and let him hold his head up high."