Chelsea midfielder hopes for new deal for influential captain.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has told the Sun that he hopes that unsettled captain John Terry will be given a new contract.
The 32-year-old has been in and out of the team this season under interim manager Rafael Benitez, leading to speculation that he may decide to leave the club for a new challenge.
Galatasaray have been linked with the former England defender, but Lampard believes he is still an important part of the Chelsea setup and that he would be happiest remaining at Stamford Bridge, where he has been for his whole career.
“I know JT will want to stay,” Lampard said. “He’s said he’d love to stay at Chelsea. He feels the same as me.
“Why play anywhere else when you love the club you’re at? JT’s the captain of the club and does a brilliant job.
“At the start of next season, I think that’s when the club will take a view on it. I know what my view would be.”
Lampard’s own future came under similar speculation this season when the club stalled over offering him a new deal. The 34-year-old’s end of season form seemed to persuade owner Roman Abramovich to keep the veteran midfielder for at least one more year.
It is thought that Jose Mourinho would want to keep both Terry and Lampard if he returns to the club as manager this summer, after enjoying a successful working relationship with the pair in his first spell with the Blues.