Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged Chelsea to keep John Terry for next season, if they want to continue challenging for honours.
Terry’s contract with the Blues ends this summer, with the club captain even considering retirement if the Stamford Bridge club chooses not to extend his current deal.
But Carragher, who was Terry’s rival when playing in the colours of Liverpool, claims that Chelsea would greatly regret letting go of the former England international, pointing to the fact that Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma are not yet ready to replace the 34-year-old.
“Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma are good players but without Terry, I would not be confident about Chelsea winning the Premier League next season,” the Liverpool legend wrote for the Daily Mail.
“If he was to leave, there would not be a team in the top flight who Terry would not improve. Mourinho knows this better than anyone.
“Terry was as good against Tottenham (in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final) as he was against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium in 2005 and you have to ask when the time comes to fill his shoes, what will the price be?
“When you think Manchester City paid £32million for Eliaquim Mangala last summer and David Luiz cost Paris Saint-Germain £50m, you get an idea of how difficult it will be to find someone with Terry’s many qualities.”
It was believed that last season Terry would leave alongside fellow club legends Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, but agreed to stay on a one year deal.
Terry spent the last 17 seasons with Chelsea, making over 500 appearances for the club, winning three Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, and one Champions League trophy.