Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is targeting a perfect send-off for long time captain John Terry, who has been at the club for 22 years.
The 36-year-old has one more chance to lift the Premier League and FA Cup at the end of this season. The Blues are eight points clear at the top of the league table and have reached the quarter-finals of the cup. They have been drawn at home to Manchester United and are favourites to go through to the last four.
Although he played the full 90 minutes against Wolves on Saturday, there is increasing speculation that Terry’s time at Chelsea may finally be coming to an end. According to the Mirror, there has been no promise of a contract extension for the defender at the end of this season.
However, when Conte was asked a question about Terry lifting the FA Cup at the end of this season, his answer may reveal that the Englishman is close to an exit.
“I’d sign now for this. Where do I sign?” He asked, According to the Telegraph, while signing the air with an imaginary pen.
The long time club captain has only played 10 times this season but has made an appearance in all three of Chelsea’s FA Cup games.
He has struggled to challenge the likes of David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill, who have formed a strong back three.
Winning the double would be a perfect send-off for Terry. Chelsea last won the league and cup together in 2010, under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti. The defender was a key part of that team seven years ago.
After 22 years with the club, Terry has won it all. But as a serial winner, he will want to bow out in the best possible way by lifting two more trophies.