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John Terry must maintain his current form to ensure a new contract

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has provided veteran defender John Terry assurances of a new contract if he maintains his current form.

The Portuguese was quoted in The Metro, saying: “I think he always has a future the way he is playing… I have always told him from day one – don’t speak [publicly] about signing a new contract, just speak about working very hard from a physical point of view so you don’t have the same kind of problems you have had in the past two years and then you play regularly. He is a very good player and very good players have no problems with their contracts.”

Mourinho also spoke about the understanding between him and the former England national team skipper. He added that Terry hasn’t faced the same kind of pressure under him that he did under the Portuguese’s predecessors and that the 32 year old is in excellent condition, physically.

Terry was reported having doubts over his place in Mourinho’s plans before the start of the season, going by his lack of appearances under former interim manager Rafael Benitez last season. However, the Englishman has played every minute for the Blues in the Premier League so far this term, even scoring a goal and assisting another in the process. The 32 year old has emerged as a more confident individual under Mourinho, improving upon his performances and looks set to secure his future in west London.