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Antonio Conte could hand John Terry extension to lead Chelsea into new era & formation

Antonio Conte could offer Chelsea captain John Terry a new contract if he is appointed manager at Stamford Bridge, according to The Sunday People.

The Sunday People understands that Italy boss Conte will take over the Blues after Euro 2016, and will make sorting out Terry’s future one of his first priorities.

As The Guardian reports, the 35-year-old has not been offered a new contract by Chelsea, for whom he has played over 700 games, and could leave in the summer.

But Conte is known to favour a formation of three centre-backs, which could hide the flaws in the ageing Terry’s game, and that might prolong his Chelsea career.

Conte is preparing Italy for this summer’s tournament in France, but is in contact with Chelsea about shaping his squad for next season, The Sunday People claims.

Terry’s fellow Chelsea defenders Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic are also the wrong side of 30, while 21-year-old Kurt Zouma is nursing a long-term injury.

Conte may want to introduce some younger faces into Chelsea’s back line, but might also find room to keep Terry to lead the Blues into a new era and formation.

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