John Terry has said there have been no further discussions regarding a new deal for him to remain at Chelsea but hinted talks may resume soon.
The defender recently told talkSPORT's Warren Haughton nothing has changed since he announced to reporters in January he is likely to depart Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign:
No talks at the moment, but for me the most important thing is Chelsea Football Club and winning games.
You get to the one-year rolling contracts and you don’t take it for granted.
We had the rewards of winning the league last year, you cherish those moments and savour them.
For me, I really hope not but we don’t know at the minute, there’s no dialogue at the moment but that’s not to say there won’t be. Who knows what the future holds.
Terry claimed Chelsea informed him they would not renew his deal, per talkSPORT, but he told reporters he wishes to carry on playing.
"I was in last week before the Arsenal game and [my contract] is not going to be extended," said Terry after Chelsea's 5-1 FA Cup fourth-round victory over MK Dons on Jan. 31. "My agent made the call like we do every January. He got told over the phone and I called to set up a meeting the following day. I wanted to hear it face to face. They told me. Unfortunately it's not going to be."
The centre-back led the Blues to the Premier League title last term, Jose Mourinho's men sweeping all before them. They cantered to the trophy, clear by eight points from second-place Manchester City. Terry started all 38 league matches, according to WhoScored.com.
However, a poor pre-season was followed by a run of disastrous results that saw the self-proclaimed Special One lose his job for a second time in west London back in December.
Team-mate Willian voiced his disappointment at the news of Terry's expected departure in an interview with Greg Johnson of Squawka.
“I think he would like to stay longer with us, but unfortunately it seems he won’t be able to remain as a Chelsea player,” said Willian. “The club won’t probably extend his contract. I can just wish him the best of luck for the rest of his career.”
Terry's status as a playing legend has not been affected by Chelsea's abject performances this term, but his departure will likely leave a bitter taste in the mouths of supporters.
They will struggle to watch the player represent another club, and there is a case to retain his services for when their new coach arrives in the summer to aid the transition.
However, the Blues need to look to the future after the collapse of their fortunes in 2015-16, and new signings could see Terry reduced to a bit-part role if he stays with the reigning champions.