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By ESPN Staff
Jan 23, 2007

Terry close to signing new Chelsea contract

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed John Terry is close to signing a new contract with the club and expects the deal to be done 'in the next few days'.

The Blues and England captain is set to put pen to paper on a deal that will make him the highest paid player in the Barclays Premiership - a package reportedly worth around £150,000-a-week.

But Mourinho revealed his skipper had wanted an assurance the Portuguese coach would be at Stamford Bridge next season.

Mourinho said: 'John is almost signing a new contract. If he hasn't then he is doing that in the next few days.

'But, when he says it would be very difficult for him to play with another manager in his career and he would like to do it with me until the end of his career, it is because he accepts my philosophy as his.

'He feels comfortable with the work we do.'

But when asked whether Terry had asked him outright whether he would be at the club next season, Mourinho replied: 'Yes. My answer was `I think so'.

Terry returned to full training this week and, although he still has some way to go to get back to full fitness, he could have an outside chance of returning against Blackburn in the Barclays Premiership next week.

Terry said: 'I've been needing more power in my calf to join properly, but I have started full training again.

'I've managed to get some power back now. I still need to improve it and it's been taking longer than we thought. But I am delighted to be back involved with the lads.'

Terry, who watched Saturday's defeat at the hands of Liverpool from the touchline at Anfield, says the pick-up they needed was provided by Arsenal's fantastic comeback against United on Sunday.

Terry added: 'I'm disappointed that we lost at Anfield, obviously, and we need to pick ourselves up, but in a way that's already happened.

'When Manchester United scored, I thought that the game was over. But credit to Arsenal, they've given us another opportunity and it is time to put pressure on United now.'