Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has revealed that he believes that ‘no one is irreplaceable’ at the club as new leaders continue to emerge all the time.
The Dutchman’s comments come after it was confirmed that captain John Terry is set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, with no contract renewal on the table as of yet.
However, while Hiddink was keen to stress that “channels of dialogue” will remain open with Terry’s camp in the coming months which in turn could ensure that the situation changes, he doesn’t believe that any one at the club can be considered irreplaceable.
“I can say theoretically that no one is irreplaceable, not even a manager,” Hiddink said, as noted by ESPN FC. “But [Terry] is of huge impact, and has been and will be in the upcoming games.
“You mentioned [Didier] Drogba [who postponed his return to Chelsea to continue at Montreal Impact for another year] and it’s true that [these leaders] are of huge impact on the pitch. But on top of that [Terry] has a very good presence in the group and within the dressing room.
“We’ll see what will happen in the future but if [he does leave], what we like is that new leaders are coming up.”
The reigning Premier League champions return to action on Wednesday night as they take on Watford at Vicarage Road hoping to remain unbeaten under Hiddink who replaced Jose Mourinho last month on an interim basis.
Despite their improvements, Chelsea remain in the bottom half of the table and 17 points adrift of the top four, but they will have the return of the Champions League to consider next week as Hiddink looks to mastermind a successful run in Europe to make up for their domestic disappointment.