Chelsea stalwart John Terry is hoping to earn a new deal at the club so that he see out the remainder of his career at Stamford Bridge, the Daily Mirror reports.
And interim Blues boss Guus Hiddink believes the veteran stopper is worthy of an extended deal as he feels the former England man is as good as he ever was.
Terry has spent his entire career with the Stamford Bridge club, bar a short loan spell with Nottingham Forest in 2000, and highlighted his heroic nature at the weekend then he recovered from scoring an own goal to go up the other end and notch a dramatic back heel equaliser in thhe weekend’s 3-3 draw with Everton.
And when he was asked whether he would still be at the club next season, he replied: “I certainly think so.
“I think when you get to age, there are a lot of people out there saying ‘He’s 35, almost 36, maybe his legs have gone.’ I’ve never had legs (!), it’s as simple as that. I’ve never been quick, all my career.
“Everyone gets it in their heads but physically I’m feeling as good as I’ve ever felt for the last two, three years. I’m still in the right state of mind, I’m still hungry. I want to be here — I want to finish my career here, of course.”
Hiddink, who first worked with Terry during his first spell in charge in 2009, added: “Yes, he showed his importance, not just with his equalising goal, but with his attitude and the actions he did defensively and offensively.
“His commitment in capitals – in capitals! – is HUGE for this team and this club.
“If I’m asked, I will give my honest opinion about his contract. If I say what I’m saying now, spontaneously out of my heart, then you can imagine what I think.
“For me, there’s not much difference between John in 2009 and now. For me, you would have to underline that with data. You have to make tests that show he has lost some speed, but with the eye I cannot see that.
“He’s fit, he trains well and takes care of himself, which you have to do at that age. I cannot see that he is slowing down at all. He needs six more games to have played 700 for Chelsea and I think he will make that!”
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