The nightmare scenario for Chelsea fans worldwide might not come to pass this summer after it was confirmed that Chelsea offered club captain John Terry a one-year extension on his current deal.
John Terry announced last January that he was going to leave Chelsea at the end of the season after talks over a new contract had broken down. Guus Hiddink declined to get involved in the row, instead waiting for a new boss to be appointed.
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Antonio Conte was appointed not long after with his first job to decide on the future of John Terry, who had contracts offered to him from clubs in America and China. It’s not known yet if John Terry will accept the offer from Chelsea after relations became frosty after his announcement that he was going to leave last January.
Terry’s defensive partner for Chelsea, Gary Cahill, recently told Sky Sports that he would be sad to see him go.
He said: “It is [difficult to imagine the dressing room without him]. I suppose there was always going to be a time when that happened, but for me it was always going to be a blow.
“No player is going to play on forever, and there comes a time where you have to move on, or retire, or move clubs, or whatever it is going to be.
“But to replace someone like him is going to be difficult, not only as a player but as a character too, in the dressing room. But like I said, there is a time where that happens, and that is natural. You see that with the likes of Steven Gerrard at Liverpool, these players are very hard to replace.
“To achieve what he has achieved at this football club, and to achieve what he has achieved in his career, is phenomenal.
“Will anyone achieve what he has achieved as a captain at Chelsea Football Club? Probably not. It’s something remarkable. Of course in all the fans’ eyes he will be thought of for many years and obviously never be forgotten.”
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran