Carlo Ancelotti does not think club captain John Terry will ever leave Chelsea.
The England international has spent the whole of his career with the Blues but was linked with a big-money transfer to Manchester City in the summer before finally pledging his future to the current Premier League leaders.
Ancelotti insists he was always confident that Terry would remain at Stamford Bridge, saying:"I never thought he would play for another club. He is a symbol of this club and a fantastic captain.
"It wasn't necessary for me to speak to him in the summer because he wanted to stay. I was never fearful he would leave. I can't see him playing for any other club. I hope for him and for the club he will stay for the rest of his career.
"Terry isn't just important for his technical quality but his behaviour and personality off the pitch.
"He is the player I expected and the man I expected. Players like Terry are a big advantage for coaches because, if the players want to know how to train and behave, they just look at him.
"I like to have a joke with Terry – not just with him but all my players. I maintain a good atmosphere with the players but sometimes there is a time for respect and when that time comes I ask respect from my players."