LONDON: Chelsea captain John Terry has been offered a one-year contract extension but it is NOT certain he will extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.
Terry’s current deal expires on June 30 and he met Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and chairman Bruce Buck on Wednesday, with the offer tabled.
It is the third time the 35-year-old defender has been offered a new 12-month deal, the club policy for players aged over 30, and it is likely the terms of the deal are reduced. Terry has made 703 appearances since his debut in October 1998 but is suspended from Sunday’s clash with Premier League champions Leicester.
Terry joined Chelsea aged 14, but said he would not be extending his stay following the FA Cup win at MK Dons on January 31.
Chelsea always insisted an offer may be forthcoming and Terry subsequently expressed hope of a resolution and extending his stay at Stamford Bridge.
The offer arrived this week.
A Chelsea spokesperson said on Friday: “Marina Granovskaia and Bruce Buck met with John and his agent this week and offered him a one-year contract extension.
“With it coming so late in the season, this is a big decision for John and his family and it is something that they are now considering.”
Chelsea, who can finish ninth in the Premier League at best, play Leicester, their successors as champions, on Sunday, with Terry completing a two-match ban following his dismissal at Sunderland.
Supporters were planning to voice their displeasure at the uncertainty over Terry, but now an offer has been made by the club, the fans will likely serenade him, pulling on his heart strings.
Chelsea sought to draw a line on the matter with the statement, allowing Terry to consider the offer and interim boss Guus Hiddink to focus on his final media conference ahead of the last game of his second caretaker spell.
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