According to reports in the Daily Mail, Chelsea are set to offer captain John Terry a position with the coaching staff as part of an incentive to sign a new short-term contract.
Terry is already undertaking his UEFA ‘B’ licence, and has previously spoken of his desire to go into management once his career is over – in particular managing Chelsea. The timing of his move into the backroom staff is up for debate though, with the 33-year old out of contract in the summer.
While Terry has returned to his old form under Jose Mourinho after two tough seasons under Andre Villas-Boas and Rafa Benitez, the club’s willingness to extend his contract purely as a player could be a sticking point.
The club has a policy of only offering players over the age of 30 extensions of 12 months, while the Mail believe Terry is looking for a two year deal with a third year option. The club refused a similar deal for Didier Drogba in 2012, leading to the striker exiting the club after scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League.
Mourinho is believed to want Terry to sign a new contract, and will support his captain, but has insisted he has no problem with the club’s contract policy.