Chelsea defender John Terry admits he’s still in the dark regarding his future at the club.
The long-serving captain last week revealed he expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign, saying there would be no “fairytale ending”.
Chelsea were quick to insist channels of communication would remain open and Terry could yet be offered a 19th season at the club, with the incoming manager likely to be given a say.
Terry addressed the subject of his future after his 698th Chelsea appearance ended in a 1-1 draw, with Diego Costa cancelling out Jesse Lingard’s opener in stoppage time.
“It’s a difficult one,” Terry told Sky Sports 1. “The club’s the most important thing.
“There’s no communication between myself and the club at the minute and I said what I had to say and that’s how it was.”
Interim boss Guus Hiddink repeated the club’s stance and insisted the Terry saga would not overshadow the season run-in, saying that “he is not focusing on this issue”.
Chelsea supporters made their feelings clear to the onlooking owner Roman Abramovich, singing “sign him up” repeatedly at Stamford Bridge, where the usual fan banners at either end of the ground were peeled back so one remained, reading: “JT Captain, Leader, Legend.”
“(The atmosphere was) incredible, they’re the best fans in the world,” Terry said.
“What they’ve done and given for me as a young 14 and 17-year-old boy… I’ll never forget. The memories will live with me forever.”