Chelsea to snub John Terry
The defender is the latest to be snubbed a new deal, following Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard. Abramovich has been unhappy with the trio ever since they failed to back former coach Andre Villas-Boas.
Abramovich took a leading personal role in recruiting Villas-Boas before the start of last season, but after that, he failed to get along with the leading players and was sacked in March.
The Russian billionaire is said to have visited the training grounds that time to sputter four-letter words in a big outburst with the players.
The Blues’ striker Didier Drogba was the first to leave the club, after he was offered an unattractive one-year deal.
The club have also snubbed Frank Lampard, as they have refused to open contract talks, with his deal ending with this season.
It could be interesting to see whether Rafa Benitez plays Lampard in the midfield today, as John Obi Nikel is ready for the Norwich game after ending his three-match suspension. Benitez could actually decide Lampard’s future at the club today.
Terry’s contract runs till the end of next season and despite the club backing him during the race-row trial and subsequent ban from the FA for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, Abramovich might not consider the skipper for a new deal.
Roman Abramovich seems to be keen on lowering the age of the squad and he does not want anyone in the squad with too much influence, which clearly highlights his motive of snubbing Terry.
Veteran Ashley Cole, who is not much of an outspoken person in the club, was offered a one-year deal with significantly lower wages. He has rejected the offer and is set to sign a deal with Paris Saint-Germain.