Chelsea captain John Terry hopes to sign a new contract and end his footballing career at Stamford Bridge.
The ex-England international, 33, has been absolutely fantastic for the Blues — who have conceded just 26 goals in 36 English Premier League fixtures — this season.
Transfer talk has linked Terry with a summer move to AS Monaco but the 33-year-old stopper wants to remain with Chelsea, and understandably so.
“I think when the manager speaks about forever I agree,” Terry said.
“I’ve been here since I was 14 and nowhere else. I want to stay here for the rest of my footballing days.
“We are still in talks which are ongoing, because of the big games recently we haven’t spoken for a few weeks. But I hope it gets done as I want to stay.
“I hope things can be wrapped up by the end of the season.
“It’s down to the club. They know I want to stay.”
Terry was unable to complete the 90 minutes against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final tie — limping off the pitch, with many pundits speculating his season could be over.
However, the centre-back appears to have recovered miraculously after missing Sunday’s 2-0 win at Liverpool and Mourinho has confirmed he will start against Atletico on Wednesday night.
In addition, Mourinho — who has recently been under fire for a series of rather ‘entertaining’ post match interviews — has praised Terry for his season-long purple patch of form.
“My captain is playing at the same level he was playing when I left Chelsea in 2007, as simple as that,” Mourinho said. “Seven years later, he’s playing again at his best. At his best level. It’s fair to say that.
“It’s also fair to say that the people who surround him, the people who are playing on his left and right, in front of him, are also playing fantastically.
“His partnership with Cahill is fantastic and the people who work together in the same areas are doing a fantastic job.
“I’m really happy to see a player like him, six or seven years later, to be back to the same level.
“I think he deserves more than the Champions League has given him up to now.
“He lost a few semifinals in special circumstances. He lost the final also in special circumstances. He won a final in special circumstances because he couldn’t play.
“I think the Champions League owes him something. Of course he starts tomorrow. Of course.”
Chelsea are odd-on — at 13/10 — to defeat Atletico and reach the Champions League final, which will be played at the Estádio da Luz — the home of Primeira Liga giants S.L. Benfica — in Lisbon, Portugal on 24 May 2014.
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