The defender’s current contract will expire at the end of the 2013-14 Premier League season and there has been plenty of speculation that has suggested that the West London club won’t be offering Terry a new deal, especially as he isn’t currently considered first choice.
Terry was quoted in The Sun newspaper:
“I’ve got a year left at Chelsea after this.
“People have spoken about no new contract and this kind of thing but it’s not even on the agenda at the moment.
“They may sit down with me once the season has finished and we’ll start talking then.
“Whether it’s a yes or a no I’ll continue to give my very best until my contract finishes.”
The 32-year-old has not enjoyed the best of seasons as he had been a long term casualty following a knee injury he suffered during the home game against Liverpool back in November and he’d just come back from a four-game suspension at the time. He finally has his fitness and I think Rafael Benitez could use him a lot more than he has done, like during the weekend’s game against Liverpool as we should have bought him on instead of Frank Lampard and protect the narrow lead with defenders, which is exactly what Manchester City did to us just a week before.
It’s believed that Chelsea’s current policy is to offer players over 30 one-year extensions and we have already signed Ashley Cole up for a further season whereas Lampard’s situation rumbles on as many believe he’s being made to pay for his behaviour during Andre Villas-Boas’ time at the club, because he isn’t interested in a bit-part role at the club or both.
Terry seems to handle being out the team a lot differently to his team mate and doesn’t have the earning potential abroad that Lamps does, so is much more likely to accept a year deal and probably a cut in pay.