John Terry keen to stay at Chelsea but says there has been no dialogue with club
By Mark Ashenden
Last Updated: 08/02/16 9:26am
John Terry insists he wants to remain at Chelsea but says there still has been no discussions with the club's management over a new deal.
The former England skipper announced after Chelsea's 5-1 FA Cup win over MK Dons last Sunday that the club were not planning to renew his contract and that he was likely to continue his career abroad.
The Blues then confirmed the 35-year-old had been told there was no offer on the table, but that the situation could change.
Interim boss Guus Hiddink has also hinted the door may not be shut in the wake of the appointment of a new permanent manager.
Speaking after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Super Sunday, Terry, asked about the current situation, told Sky Sports: "It's a difficult one. The club is the most important thing but there's no communication between myself and the club at the moment.
"I said what I had to say, that's how it is. I've made it very clear I want to stay, but more important is getting up to where we should be in the table."
Asked if anything had changed from his point of view, the defender added: "Not as yet."
Diego Costa struck in injury time to rescue a point in a draw against United at Stamford Bridge after Jesse Lingard's stunner had put the visitors ahead on the hour.
Terry was in action in front of his home fans for the first time since his statement about his intended departure.
He added: "The reception was incredible. We have the best fans in the world - what they have done and given to me since I was a 17-year-old boy - I will never forget it and the memories will live with me forever."
Terry has made 698 appearances for the Blues since his debut in 1998.
In the post-match conference, Hiddink was asked for his views on the Terry scenario and the Dutchman said: "We have dealt with this issue in the last week.
"Let's see what happens. He has said he is focusing on the games. He's not focusing on the issue."
Hiddink was also asked if it was a cloud hanging over the club. He added; "No, I don't think so. The game is the issue and not other things."
Although Terry was satisfied his side battled back to salvage a draw with the injury-time equaliser, he was concerned the team were languishing in 13th spot.
"We need to start winning games," he stated. "We are around mid-table and we need to get out of it. And teams are dropping points.
"We have been on a good run but we have drawn too many games. United are a good side so it's not a bad result. But we want to get up the table and get back up to where we belong."