Hiddink: The Door Has Not Been Shut On Terry

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John Terry to leave Chelsea

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has stated there’s no reason for the club not to offer Terry a contract extension at the club.

Terry revealed he will be ending his long career at Chelsea at the end of the season, with no contract extension in sight from the club.

But Chelsea were quick to release a statement, saying they’re open to dialogue and now Hiddink wants the defender to stay on.

“I also had some conversations with [Terry] in the past days about all kinds of things in football,” he explained. “A lot was said by John and he is entitled, after the contract is ending at the end of the season, to make up his mind.

“On the other hand, there is also the club’s side. I think they still want to have the dialogue to have an open door.

“It was a bit surprising but he is entitled to make the decision, which is entirely up to him.

“There is no specific decision made yet. You have to see the progress that is made in the transition of the management as well. We have to see it from his side and the club’s side. The door is not shut. Dialogue is always possible.”

Hiddink certainly has no doubts over Terry’s capacity to perform at the highest level, having selected the 35-year-old from the start in every Premier League match since his return to the London club.

“John’s statistics and the view I have on him – he’s very fit – and he is not what you normally see in a 35- or 36-year-old player,” he added. “You usually feel that you are getting a little bit slower and you cannot accept it, but none of that for John.

“He is fit and performing as he is. He will [continue] to do this regardless of the situation he is in and be professional.”

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