Antonio Conte will have to make one of the most difficult decisions at Chelsea: to tell probably the most significant player in the club’s history whether or not he has a future at the club.
The club says they do not see the value in extending the 35-year-old’s deal, but they will be swayed by whatever the new manager has to say.
Conte is tied up with the matter of Euro 2016, so he could potentially not arrive in London until July 10th. Nine days after the opening of the summer transfer window, and ten days after Terry’s Chelsea contract ends.
The defender spent part of this international break commuting to China, on a promotional visit for Chelsea sponsors Yokohama, where he has been linked with a potentially move to the Super League.
Conte has worked with older players before, he brought new life to the career of Andrea Pirlo at Juventus.
Frank Lampard said: “I think John’s a link with the Chelsea fans, but the decision will be made by the owners. Same as what happened with me. Eventually your time comes. I’m not sure now is John’s time.”
But it is not Lampard’s decision, it is Conte’s. He will be known as the man who either saved or axed John Terry.