Newly appointed Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been advised to ensure the Blues keep the trio of John Terry, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa in the team once he resumes duty as Chelsea permanent manager taking over from interim manager Guus Hiddink.
The Italian who will resume duty with Chelsea once the Euro 2016 championship is finished or once Italy crashes out ( whichever comes first ) only yesterday signed a three years contract with Chelsea. According to reports, he has been mandated to ensure Chelsea find their way back to the top as title challengers and one of England’s representatives in the Champions League.
John Terry had earlier this season announced he will not continue to be a Chelsea player at the end of the current season as he and the club couldn’t reach an agreement on the terms of a new contract that would have seen the former England captain retire at Chelsea.
Eden Hazard and Costa have both had mixed season and have been the subject of intense speculation in the press with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid respectively said to be interested in sign him both players.
“John Terry would be my first signing,” Hoddle, who managed Chelsea between 1993 and 1996, told BT Sport. “I would sign him for a year. I’d say to him ‘You’re not going to play every game but I need you around the club. You don’t throw everyone out with the bathwater. You need someone as your ears and eyes. He knows the players, he knows the club.
“You’ve still got to be good enough and I think he is good enough to still play and I think if he is protected a little bit in front of him. It depends, if it is Conte coming in, how he is going to play tactically but for me John Terry is a must. I would definitely keep John Terry for another year because I think he is good enough on the pitch, but I think you need him around the club. ”
John Terry is not a new signing but borrowing the words of Arsene Wenger, he will be like a new signing should Conte manage to keep him. Let’s be honest, although Terry is not getting younger, but he remains Chelsea’s best and more experienced centre back.
Letting him leave will be a big mistake by the Blues. By all means, the club should sign another centre back this summer but they should also keep Terry and let the new player learn from the former England captain.