John Terry: Deal a formality for Chelsea captain, says Mourinho

John Terry
John Terry retired from international football in 2012 after winning 78 caps for England

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says a new contract for long-serving defender John Terry is a "formality".

Terry's current deal expires at the end of the season and Mourinho believes his captain, 34, is playing as well as when Chelsea won the Premier League in 2005.

Mourinho said: "There are no doubts that he is going to get another contract. I know that, he knows that.

"He's a very important player in the team, so the next contract sooner or later will come."

Terry has spent all of his career at Stamford Bridge and has played almost 650 games for the club.

The former England captain is bidding to lead Chelsea to a fourth Premier League title and a first since 2010.

He scored for the second game running in Chelsea's 2-0 win over West Ham on Boxing Day, which kept Mourinho's side three points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table.

Chelsea, who face fourth-placed Southampton on Sunday, have a policy of offering only one-year deals to players over the age of 30.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, 30, is ending his three-and-a-half year stay at Chelsea, with his loan move to AC Milan set to become permanent from 5 January.

BBC Sport understands the Spain international will then be loaned out to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid.

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