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Chelsea won't offer new (playing) contract to John Terry — report

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Let the annual John Terry saga begin.

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It’s that time of the year once again. Time to start the annual John Terry will-he/won’t-he sweeps. Hopefully this one won’t turn into as much of a debacle as the one last year did.

According to the Times, the Captain Leader Legend won't be offered a new contract by the club, at least not as a player. Chelsea are however very much interested in retaining Terry's services in another role, either as an ambassador or as a coach, instead of seeing him joining a new club.

Since extending his link with Chelsea for another year back in May, JT has only played in seven official matches for the club. While he was initially a starter under Conte (who, by all accounts, also played some role in last spring’s contract extension), Terry has lost his spot due to a combination of injuries, new signings, and new tactics.

For his part, Terry has apparently told the club that he doesn't intend to leave the Bridge in the January transfer window even though Chinese clubs have been looking for his signature. The 36-year-old wants to end the season at Chelsea.

While Terry could extend his career for a trip to China or elsewhere if he wishes to do so, it would be a rather fitting end for him to retire at Chelsea, finishing out his playing days as essentially a one-club man (save for a few months on loan at Nottingham Forest) and put the most appropriate final touch on his already legendary status.