Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink says John Terry’s performances are still ‘perfect’, despite the club choosing not to offer him a contract extension.
The Premier League champions announced on Sunday they would not be extending Terry’s contract when his current deal expires at the end of the season, a development that shocked the world.
“With every player or manager, the age comes when you have to say goodbye to people. You have to ask when that happens,” Hiddink said.
“It’s difficult. Sometimes you don’t see it yourself.
“But John is doing perfectly in his performances, so I’m not suggesting anything, but we spoke about things.
“He can carry on, of course. He’s fit. His ambition is enough to carry on.
“He’s not what you normally see in a 35- or 36-year-old player, that you feel you are getting a bit slower and cannot accept you’re in a danger zone for red cards etc. There is none of that for John.
“He is fit and performing as he has been while I’ve been here. And he will do. We’ve spoken about that, and he will be very professional but also work hard.
“I can say, theoretically, no one is irreplaceable. If you are a manager, that happens a lot.
“But he has a huge impact and still will have in the upcoming games. He has a huge impact in the dressing room too.”