Chelsea are keen to ensure John Terry remains at Stamford Bridge when the defender retires to ensure the club are not left without another leader.
According to Matt Hughes of The Times, Chelsea’s hierarchy are concerned by the fact Terry is the only remaining iconic figure of the Roman Abramovich era left at the club.
The Chelsea captain joined the Blues as a 14-year-old and, with his contract set to expire in the summer, will begin talks over a new deal in the coming months.
Despite concerns over his form this season, Terry is keen to continue playing next term, but would like to explore the options of his career post-retirement.
As yet it is unclear whether the 35-year-old will be offered a coaching or ambassadorial role, although the club wanted former striker Didier Drogba to be part of Guus Hiddink’s backroom staff, which would suggest similar plans for Terry.
The report in The Times also reveals that during contract negotiations in 2007, the former England captain wanted a clause giving him the option to manage Chelsea in the future – which the board firmly rejected.