Antonio Conte is hoping Chelsea captain John Terry stays on Stamford Bridge, but says the decision on that will be made in the summer.
The veteran defender has only made five premier league starts, but has played in every FA Cup game.
His contract is due to expire at the end of the season and even though Conte cannot give a definite answer about his future, he wants him to stay.
Asked if Monday’s quarter-final clash with Manchester United could be Terry’s last FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge, with the semi-final and final to be played at Wembley, Conte said: “For John? I hope no.
“I don’t know about this. I repeat, I prefer every situation, or my situation, or a player’s situation, to face it at the end of the season, when it will be the right time for everyone.”
Conte was then asked whether he thinks Terry still be at Chelsea next season, and he said: “I repeat, John is doing great work this season off the pitch. For me he is very important in this season because he is the captain.
“He is working very well and helping me a lot in the changing room to transfer the right message. He is an important player for us.”