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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Terry relaxed about Chelsea future

John Terry is eager to open contract negotiations
John Terry is eager to open contract negotiations

John Terry is relaxed about his Chelsea future, but now wants to begin contract talks after Eden Hazard's deal was extended.

Chelsea's policy for players over 30 is to offer one-year contract extensions and Terry is entering the final few months of his present deal.

The 34-year-old captain wants to play as much as possible and continue a Chelsea career which began as a teenager and hopes, now Hazard has been given a contract extension until 2021, the club will begin negotiations with him.

"No talks have happened yet between myself and the club," Terry said.

"The club know my position. Hopefully I know theirs and it will get done.

"I think we both respect the position - there are a lot more important players.

"Hazard has just been done and for me, that's the most important for the club.

"Without them even telling me, I know that's the first priority for them. Hopefully, they will be knocking on the door soon."

Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were allowed to leave last summer at the end of their contracts, but Terry signed a new deal hours after the season - Jose Mourinho's first of his second spell as boss - closed.

Terry was anxious last term, but will be less so if Chelsea wait over his deal again this season, particularly as Mourinho wants him to stay.

He added: "I was maybe a little bit nervous. I was edgy. (But) we have had a good chat. I know their position, they know mine.

"I want to stay. Hopefully my performances are showing that and they can keep me.

"I will be happy to get one more year and then see how it goes. I am taking it year by year - I haven't got much choice."

Terry does not just want to stay at Chelsea, but play, insisting he does not need a rest despite playing nearly every game for the Blues this term.

"I don't want it (a rest)," he said.

"I am coming toward the end of my career so it's important I'm playing as much as I can and stay fit."

Another of Chelsea's distinguished players of the last decade could depart this summer.

Since Thibaut Courtois returned from his three-year loan at Atletico Madrid as number one, there has been speculation Petr Cech will leave Stamford Bridge.

And Chelsea could be forced to sell the 32-year-old, signed from Rennes in 2004, in the summer, when he will enter the final 12 months of his current contract.

"He is good enough to play for anyone," Terry added.

"He's been worth 10, 12 points to us every season. I have not spoken to him about it (what Cech will do in the summer).

"He still has a lot to give and is fighting for his place, which is great. He's not just given up and said, 'The place is yours, Thibaut'.

"When he's come in he's been brilliant and given the manager food for thought."

Terry praised Cech's attitude after the goalkeeper again had to watch on from the substitutes' bench as Courtois starred in the Champions League.

Courtois made a number of fine saves to help Chelsea to a 1-1 last-16 first-leg draw at Paris St Germain on Tuesday night.

The Belgium goalkeeper has this season claimed the number one jersey Cech has worn with distinction for a decade and appears to be Mourinho's first-choice, starting at the Parc des Princes despite Cech's heroics in last week's Premier League defeat of Everton.

Terry said: "I have seen a lot of players throw their toys out of the pram but Petr has been different class for the team, which has been important for the squad.

"Credit to him, he's not even rumbled or sent shockwaves through the dressing room.

"The manager stresses the importance of the team coming first and he's done that, Thibaut too.

"They're both there for the whole squad. They have both been excellent."

Mourinho has described his goalkeeper selection as "easy" as both are among the world's best. Terry agrees.

Mourinho has another big decision on March 1 in the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham at Wembley.

Cech played the early rounds, but Courtois came in for the two-legged semi-final with Liverpool.

"It's going to be tough," Terry said.

"Pete has played most of the games but Thibaut played in the last round. But the manager has always stressed that the team comes first."

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