Jose Mourinho insists that John Terry is staying at Chelsea
Jose Mourinho says captain John Terry will receive a contract extension at Chelsea and has hinted the defender could be a key figure beyond next season.
The 34-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the season, but Mourinho believes his form means he will be staying at Stamford Bridge.
"What I can guarantee is he will be a Chelsea player next season. I can guarantee that," Mourinho said.
"No doubts he's going to get his contract. I know what my board tells me. I also know what the player tells me."
Chelsea policy dictates that players over the age of 30 are offered only 12-month deals. Terry signed his current deal 48 hours after the end of last season - Mourinho's first back at Stamford Bridge - but his next offer could come soon.
Terry lifted the Capital One Cup on Sunday following a 2-0 win against Tottenham at Wembley. He now has 13 major trophies for the Blues.
Chelsea - who go to West Ham tonight - have one game in hand after second-placed Manchester City lost at Liverpool on Sunday.
Mourinho said: "When our direct opponents lose points, it's good for us. We have five points advantage, which in this competition is not a lot."
Mourinho plans to rotate his options tonight but is without midfielders Nemanja Matic (suspended) and John Obi Mikel (knee).
Premier League: West Ham v Chelsea, Upton Park, 7.45pm