Terry still has 18-months remaining on his current deal but it’s likely that he’ll only be offered a one-year extension, as Ashley Cole was, if and when he’s offered a new deal due to his age.
The reason why the delay has cast doubt over his future in West London is because of the recent contract wrangles which have involved his team-mates Cole and Frank Lampard, and whilst Cole has secured his future in the short term, Frank Lampard has been told he can leave in the summer and his agent Steve Kutner said as much recently.
Terry’s situation is perhaps more sensitive that that of Cole’s or Lampard’s as he’s part of a dying breed as a one-club man, has a hero status among the fans and is reportedly close to the owner.
But the defender has had to be defended during his troubled career, especially recently, which has involved affairs, scandals and the court/FA trial over using racist language towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. The former England captain was cleared by the courts but the FA hit him with a four-match ban and a fine. Each time the club and the fans have backed him and he usually responds by bouncing back, but has been troubled with injury during the current campaign. It had been argued that Terry’s negative public image could prevent him from getting offered a renewal.
Unlike Lampard, I don’t think Terry has any designs on competing elsewhere or moving abroad and when his time is up at Chelsea I think he’ll retire in the hope that he will be offered a coaching role or will gain his management experience elsewhere as he’s already revealed that managing Chelsea is a personal dream of his.
I think Abramovich will want to keep Terry at Stamford Bridge but I also believe that the 32-year-old would be more agreeable to signing rolling contracts than some of his peers because he genuinely loves the club and that’s not to say other players don’t care, it’s just different.