Says manager Guus Hiddink after heart-to-heart talks with his captain
- John Terry revealed he will be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season
- But Guus Hiddink says his captain still has a chance of earning a contract
- Terry has not been offered a deal but Chelsea say dialogue remains open
- Hiddink says Pep Guardiola will face very different challenge in England
- They travel to face Watford in the premier league on Wednesday night
Guus Hiddink insists the door is not shut on John Terry extending his Chelsea contract.
The Blues legend sensationally revealed he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after the club intimated they would not offer him a new deal.
The news took Chelsea by surprise with the club insisting they will hold further talks with Terry.
Chelsea insist that John Terry’s expected exit is not certain despite his revelations after the win at MK Dons
Manager Guus Hiddink is also sure that Terry and Chelsea could stay together despite this week’s events
Hiddink was speaking in a press conference at the club’s Cobham training ground
And Hiddink, who has held heart-to-heart talks with the defender this week, has reiterated Terry still has a chance of earning fresh terms.
‘I have had some conversations with him in the past days,’ Hiddink said on Tuesday. ‘He is entitled after his contract is ending to make up his mind.
‘On the other hand I don’t want to overvalue the attention we are giving it, the club wants to have the dialogue… to have an open door still. It was a bit surprising (to hear Terry speak publicly) but he’s completely entitled to do so.
‘There was no specific decision made yet, it’s early. You have to see what happens with the management.’
The former Holland boss was speaking ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Watford on Wednesday night
Terry has been preparing for Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League trip to Watford with his team-mates
Hiddink said that Pep Guardiola will find it much harder to dominate in the Premier League
Chelsea are yet to appoint a manager to guide them through next season with Hiddink set to leave after his spell in charge following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
And even if he does depart in the summer, Terry’s current boss is convinced he will give his all in what remains of potentially his last Chelsea season.
‘He is fit and performing,’ Hiddink said. ‘I am convinced because we also talked about this issue.’
Hiddink has made things look easier than most in his two short spells in the Premier League so far, but the Chelsea boss has warned Manchester City’s incoming manger Pep Guardiola to expect a more difficult time in England than at his last two clubs.
‘I think [Guardiola joining City] it’s not big news, people expected it when he said I’m leaving Bayern and would like to go to Premier League which is a very attractive league for the younger managers, to act in this league it’s beautiful,’ Hiddink said.
‘He will face another league than he’s used to. You have always this kind of domination in the teams where he worked. This is a little bit different. In England there is no specific favourite.’
The Chelsea manager also spoke about the prospect of Manuel Pellegrini replacing him at Stamford Bridge
Hiddink said that he admired Pellegrini’s approach to management despite having not met him
JOHN TERRY’S CHELSEA HONOURS
Premier League: 4
Champions League: 1
Europa League: 1
FA Cup: 5
League Cup: 3
One result of Guardiola’s arrival has been speculation that current City boss Manuel Pellegrini could take over at Chelsea next season.
While the Dutchman has never met Pellegrini, he admitted he is an admirer of his body of work.
‘That’s up to Chelsea to decide,’ said Hiddink. ‘What I think of him, not meeting him or not having talked to him, I admire his approach, a well balanced manager and I respect him without having known [him] at this moment.’
Source: Daily Mail