Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hinted the Blues skipper John Terry will be handed a new deal to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.
The former England international’s contract runs down at the end of the season. And failing to tie him up with an extension before December will allow him to enter into talks with a foreign club over a possible transfer next summer.
Terry failed to feature regularly under Rafael Benitez at the West London club, while injuries also restricted his appearances. However, the 32-year-old has started in every Premier League game this season and the former Real Madrid manager claims his current form will help him earn a new deal at the club.
“I think he always has a future the way he is playing – he has a future here, in China, or wherever he wants to have a future. He is a very good player and very good players have no problems with their contracts,” Sky Sports quoted Mourinho as saying.
“I think the fact that he knows that I like him has been important. I trust the player. This is important.”
Meanwhile, the Portuguese tactician revealed that he had urged Terry not to publicly comment on his contract situation at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho advised the central defender to focus on improving his work, which he believes has been helpful for the centre-back to fight for a place in the squad.
“I have always told him from day one – don’t speak (publicly) about signing a new contract, just speak about working very hard from a physical point of view so you don’t have the same kind of problems you have had in the past two years and then you play regularly,” the Portuguese boss added.
“In his head he knows if I leave him out I am trying to do the best thing for him and the best thing for the team so he is not under this pressure he was in other years. Physically we are working very well with him. I think he is in good condition and he is a brilliant boy.”
Terry scored his first goal of the season during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. His header against Andre Villas-Boas’ side helped the Blues salvage for a point at White Hart Lane.