John Terry says he will fight for his future at Chelsea and claims he is still “very hopeful” of signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
Terry revealed in January that he was expecting to leave the club after no talks had been scheduled over a new contract at the club.
Interim boss Guus Hiddink has maintained “the door is not shut” for Terry and his 21-year career with the Blues and the central defender has said he is willing to fight for a new contract at the club.
“I am still very hopeful,” the 35-year-old said at the London Football Awards. “I have been there 21 years and I will never give up until it finally happens, but who knows? I have still got a lot to give, whether that is here or somewhere else, for sure.”
Chelsea have admitted that there are currently no talks planned on extending his current deal, which expires this summer.
Meanwhile, Terry, who accepted a special prize for his “Outstanding Contribution” to London football over 18 years as a professional at Chelsea, says the Blues have not given up home on a top-four finish.
Chelsea have enjoyed a revival since Hiddink succeeded Jose Mourinho in December, losing just one of 15 matches in all competitions and rising from 15th to 10th in the Premier League.
The reigning champions now sit just eight points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City and with Europa League qualification firmly within their sights.
“We’re not thinking about that at the moment,” added Terry said when asked about the possibility of a top-four finish. “With everyone slipping up there are obviously possibilities. We were spoken about pretty early on in the season and written off, so it’s nice what we’re doing at the moment — winning games and in the top half of the table for the first time in a long time.
“The boys have been great picking up results recently and with another three or four wins on the bounce, who knows where that can take us?”