John Terry still out injured; reiterates desire for new Chelsea deal

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A nagging hamstring injury means John Terry will not feature for Chelsea against Stoke City on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra) but if he has his way he’ll still be around at Stamford Bridge next season.

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Terry, 35, caused huge uproar in January when he announced he would not be offered a new contract by the club with his current deal running out at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Interim Blues boss Guus Hiddink revealed that Terry wouldn’t feature against Stoke this Saturday but could be available for Chelsea’s crunch UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash vs. Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday. PSG lead 2-1 after the first leg but that was Chelsea only defeat in 16 games since Jose Mourinho was fired last December.

Chelsea’s club captain — who has been at the heart of their defense for nearly two decades and is adored by Blues fans — claims he has not been offered a new deal by Chelsea and many are linking the Londoner with a move to either Major League Soccer or the Chinese Super League to see out his playing days.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Terry

“I want to play at the highest level,” Terry said. “Being Chelsea through and through and a one-club man I couldn’t play for another Premier League club. I couldn’t pull on the shirt for another team and not give 100 per cent – that’s not me. For sure, I will continue playing. I’m hopeful of where that is but we are not sure yet. Playing in Europe is an option. It is in Chelsea’s hands. I have made it clear to the club I want to stay. If not, I will be playing [elsewhere]. I don’t know whether that will be Italy, MLS, China or Qatar.“

Terry added that over the past five years he’s felt in fine shape physically and believes he still has some more mileage left in him: “I’ve definitely got two or three years in me. I’d be gutted if it isn’t at Chelsea but if not, it will be at somewhere else for sure.”

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So, the ball is in your court, Roman Abramovich. Which is presumably why Terry came out publicly and discussed his contract situation.

It’s likely that no decision will be made on Terry until a new permanent manager is appointed at Stamford Bridge. With current Italian national team coach Antonio Conte the favorite, would he like to keep Terry around?

From the offset, I’ve found it incredibly hard to see why Chelsea wouldn’t offer Terry another two-year deal to see him through the end of his career as a one-club man. He was in the PFA Team of the Year last season as he played every single minute in their title-winning campaign, and even throughout their