Chelsea’s board of directors must decide whether or not they want John Terry to remain at Stamford Bridge, says outgoing Dutch coach Guus Hiddink.
Speaking ahead of his side’s penultimate league match of the season atLiverpool on Wednesday night, the caretaker coach – who will be replaced by Italian Antonio Conte during the close season – aired his views on Terry, who has yet to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea captain is suspended for the trip to Liverpool and the home match with Leicester on Sunday after being red carded in Saturday’s defeat againstSunderland.
Terry has stated his desire to remain at Chelsea amid reports he could earn £12m by moving to China.
Hddink believes Terry, 35, is fit enough to continue playing, but is not sure where that will be
“When I make a judgement how he plays and his fitness at his age, then he is able to continue,” said Hiddink.
“Where? It’s up to the club what his near future is, it is not for me to make declarations on that. Whether it’s his last game is not up to me.
“Whatever will happen whether he stays, whenever he goes, he deserves a huge goodbye.
“But it’s never goodbye with those players because whatever happens with those kind of players, after a period of going away and calming down, they can have an impact in the culture of the club. They can be very useful.”
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Hiddink said the fans should have been told if they have reached a final decision over Terry rather than let uncertainly linger on.
The club acted swiftly to announce the appointment of Italy coach Conte, and feels the captain should have been afforded similar treatment.
“I don’t know the state of mind of the fans, but I think it is always good when you know,” said Hiddink.
“It’s like I said about who would be the next manager: once you know your plans, which way you go in the future, then you can be transparent.
“But it’s up to the club, not up to me.”