Chelsea give Terry hope of new deal

LONDON: Chelsea captain John Terry may yet be offered a new deal despite having announced his departure from the club, a spokesman for the Premier League champions said.

Terry, 35, announced on Sunday that he will leave Chelsea when his current deal expires at the end of the season because the club have not offered him a new contract.

But a club spokesman said late on Sunday: “John requested a meeting with the club the week before last.In that meeting he asked about the possibility of an extension to his existing contract.

“John was advised that while no new deal was currently on the table, that situation could change in the coming months. The club has the utmost respect for John and everything he has helped us achieve to date.

“He is a fantastic servant of Chelsea Football Club and a superb  captain and, as such, the club will keep the channels of dialogue open.”

Terry, who has made 696 Chelsea appearances and is the club’s most successful captain, had expressed disappointment that there would be “no  fairytale ending” for him at Stamford Bridge.

Terry’s current central defensive partner Kurt Zouma was shocked by the news and suggested that it would be hasty to jettison him.

“I am very surprised.I didn’t know,” the France international told the Evening Standard newspaper.”Now we have to see what John wants to do because I think he can play for another one or two years.