Antonio Conte is reportedly in favour of handing Chelsea captain John Terry a one-year deal to extend the 35-year-old’s stay at Stamford Bridge.

 

The Blues confirmed the appointment of Antonio Conte as the permanent successor to Jose Mourinho on Monday. The Italian will take over at Stamford Bridge on a three-year deal after the 2016 Euros in France, where he will look to guide Italy to their second European Championship.

Terry announced a couple of months ago that there was no talk of a new contract with the club and that he expected to leave Chelsea, but the Blues have insisted that lines of communication with the former England international would remain open until the end of the season.

Conte will be tasked with sorting out the veteran captain’s future, with his current contract due to expire at the end of the season. A report in the Daily Mail suggests that the incoming Chelsea manager wants to keep Terry at the club as he looks to lead them back into the Champions League after a disastrous season.

The report claims that the 35-year-old wants a two-year contract in order to ensure that he sees out his career at Stamford Bridge. However, Chelsea’s policy regarding players over the age of 30 does not allow for the decorated Englishman to be given more than a one-year extension.

Terry stay would be a huge boost for Chelsea fans

A new contract for John Terry would be great news for the Blues’ faithful, who would love to see their captain stay after having watched legendary figures like Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech all leave in recent seasons.

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Legendary status aside, John Terry will still have a lot to offer Chelsea on and off the field. The centre-back is still the best player in his position at  the club and is the most respected voice in the dressing room. His experience and guidance would be valuable to any new arrivals and youngsters looking to make their mark at the club. Chelsea fans would like nothing more than to see John Terry end his playing career at the same club he started it.

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