Chelsea legend Ron Harris says the club may look for a fresh start under incoming manager Antonio Conte, which could spell the end of John Terry’s Stamford Bridge career.
Terry, 35, announced in January that he would end his long association with the club at the end of the campaign – but Chelsea maintain the possibility of a contract extension remains.
Frank Lampard, for example, penned a one-year deal in 2013 after months of uncertainty, although the all-time leading scorer did leave the following summer.
Terry’s exit would send even bigger ripples around the footballing world, but Harris highlighted the collective strength of Chelsea over any individual.
“I remember having a bet with Frank Lampard and John Terry that they won’t beat my record,” Harris said of his record of 795 Chelsea appearances.
“I am still confident if John stayed there next season, he is still 70 or 80 games short.
“But I don’t want to get involved in whether they should keep him if it’s the club’s policy that if people reach a certain age…like has happened to other players.
“There will always be a Chelsea with or without Ron Harris, Frank Lampard and John Terry. Maybe things might change now that a new manager has come on the scene.
“We’ll have to wait until nearer the time to see whether John will be at Chelsea next season, or looking for another club.”