John Terry set to be rewarded for fine form with one year extension.
Chelsea captain John Terry looks primed to pen a one-year contract extension with the Premier League leaders in the near future, report the Mail, after his manager Jose Mourinho described the deal as a “formality” after another commanding display from the experienced centre back helped his side to a victory over West Ham United on Boxing Day.
Terry could well be a leading contender for the PFA Player of the Year award, so impressive have his displays at the heart of Mourinho’s defence been this season, with Terry’s partnership with England international Gary Cahill having become one of the most consistent in European football, let alone the Premier League.
Chelsea are known to operate a policy of only offering one-year contract extensions to players aged over 30, meaning that Terry’s current deal at Stamford Bridge is due to expire at the end of the season, but it is hard to visualise Terry playing for another club and Mourinho’s comments make it clear that he will be staying in West London:
“There are no doubts that he is going to get another contract. I know that, he knows that.”
“We in the club, in the board, we know that and I think also you have to feel that.”
“Without us confirming anything you have to feel that. He’s a very important player in the team so the next contract sooner or later will come. It’s a formality.”
Chelsea face Southampton at St. Mary’s on Sunday, in what is likely to be one of the club’s trickiest fixtures of the season, but anything other than defeat for Terry and Mourinho would ensure that they end 2014 on top of the Premier League table.