John Terry says he wants to play for “a couple more years” and he has not given up hope of signing a new contract at Chelsea.
The 35-year-old one-club man is facing a two-match suspension after his sending-off at Sunderland on Saturday, which means he will miss the Blues’ final two fixtures of the season.
That will see his contract expire with incoming boss Antonio Conte set to decide whether Terry is worth another year or two after more than 20 years at Stamford Bridge.
“I still want to play for a couple more years, hopefully at Chelsea,” Terry said in an interview which was aired on Danish club Brondby’s YouTube channel.
Terry is a friend of Brondby owner Jan Bech Andersen and the former England man made the trip to Denmark over the weekend to catch up with Anderson and Chelsea loan ranger Andreas Christensen, 20, who has been playing in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach.
“I’m a Chelsea player and Chelsea’s been my club from the age of 14. I love Chelsea,” added Terry.
Terry has made 703 appearances for the Blues, and more than 500 of them as captain, since making his first-team debut in a League Cup tie on October 1998.
In March Terry, who won 78 England caps, claimed he was in the best shape of his career as he targeted another three years in the game.
Terry said: “I’m probably feeling in the last three or four years the best physical condition that I’ve ever been in.
“As a youngster you take it for granted; you eat what you want, you can train, have a rest, but when you get older you can’t. You can’t eat the pastas, the breads, it all goes out of the window. The sleep too.
“That aspect of it has a big impact, and I’ve certainly seen the impact of that.
“But listen, I’ve definitely got two or three years left in me, as I said before I would be gutted if it wasn’t for Chelsea, and if not it will be somewhere else for sure.”