Returning Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has publicly said that club captain John Terry knows his spot in the starting eleven is not safe, and that the English international needs to work hard in order to earn a new contract at Stamford Bridge. The Blues saw a different contract saga at the tail end of last season, as Chelsea made a u-turn on their initial decision to not hand Frank Lampard a new contract, before the midfielder played his way into an extension.
Now, Mourinho insists that despite his friendship with the player, Terry can take nothing for granted as he seeks a contract extension with the club.
“A player in the last season of a contract has to earn the next contract. That’s very normal,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“I’ve spoken to John about that. John has to work hard, to give everything for the team and give the best of himself. And at the end of the day – I don’t say the end of the season – him and the club will arrive at a conclusion.
“He’s not safe, and he knows he’s not safe. The only thing he knows is safe is our friendship, our relationship, but professionally, nobody’s safe.
“I need to be honest with everybody and I think he appreciates that. We spoke about it and he understands perfectly,” said the Portuguese manager.
Terry and Chelsea disappointingly finished in third place last season, but the return of Jose Mourinho has given the club a special boost this preseason. Mourinho was the man to end the club’s 50 year wait for a trophy, and supporters will hope he can once again prove why he is the self-proclaimed “special one.”
Terry, meanwhile, will have to fight for a spot in Jose’s starting eleven with fellow centerbacks Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, and Gary Cahill.