All action, no talk
‘No communication’ between captain and club as Chelsea snatch late point
Published 08/02/2016 | 02:30
John Terry cranked up the pressure on his Chelsea employers by revealing there is "no communication" between him and the club over a new contract.
Chelsea captain Terry last week claimed that he would not be offered a contract past the end of this season, but the Blues maintained that dialogue was still open.
But, following the 1-1 draw against Manchester United in which the Stamford Bridge faithful sang the 35-year-old's name, Terry claimed there are currently no talks over his contract situation.
Asked about his future, Terry once again went 'off message' by saying: "It's a difficult one. The club is the most important thing but there's no communication at the moment. I said what I had to say, that's how it is.
"I've made it very clear I want to stay, but more important is getting up to where we should be in the table." Some Chelsea fans wore masks of Terry's face, others displayed banners backing him and there were chants of 'sign him up' and 'we want you to stay' that would have been heard by owner Roman Abramovich, who was in the Stamford Bridge stands.
"The fans were incredible, for me the best fans in the world," said Terry. "What they've done for me, I'll never forget - those memories will stay with me forever."
Interim manager Guus Hiddink was understandably reluctant to talk about Terry's future, but claimed the performance against United to rescue a point proved the situation will not overshadow the rest of Chelsea's season.
"We have dealt with this issue last week," said Hiddink. "Let's wait and see what happens. We're all focusing on the games in the tough weeks coming up. Not the decision."
When it was put to him that the Terry stand-off could put a cloud over the club, Hiddink added: "No, I don't think so. If you offer what we offered as a team in the last 25 minutes, then the game is the issue. Not other things."
Diego Costa's injury-time goal cancelled out Jesse Lingard's stunning opener to maintain Hiddink's unbeaten record, but the Dutchman conceded that Chelsea are drawing too many games to reach the top four.
"I said before, when we were one point from the relegation zone, that our target must still be the fourth place," said Hiddink.
"But, at that moment, I also said we have to start winning. We are unbeaten, but if you want to get into fourth place you have to make victories. We have had too many draws to get to fourth place. It's difficult."
Central defender Kurt Zouma faces a nervous wait to see whether he will be able to play again this season after being carried off on a stretcher with what looked like a bad knee injury.
"The estimation of the rest of the season is hopefully too much, but tomorrow (Monday) he will have an examination," said Hiddink.
"If you've seen the images and have experience of hyperextensions of the knee joint, it's very bad when you land with a hyperextension of your leg.
"Touch wood, hopefully they'll have good news. Let's wait. When it's like that, it's very bad."
The draw leaves United six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and manager Louis van Gaal said: "That's why I'm frustrated, and my players are too.
"When you have played as well as we did and you are not making the gap smaller, you can say it's misfortune, but that's not the first time it's happened to us.
"Newcastle United was also in added time. We have to do better. We have to improve in that way.
"But I'm happy with the performance. I think it was not a 'boring' match, so for the third time in a row it was sparkling. So I also hope to get the support of the media this week."
Van Gaal could not hide his frustration when he was asked about his future, as he said: "You haven't spoken to Ed Woodward or the Glazers, so you are inventing this story. I don't have to answer this question."