John Terry: Chelsea defender needs time to decide whether to continue playing

Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk is another player that the Blues want at Stamford Bridge next season following his rich vein of form with the Saints last term.

The Italian tactician delivered a Premier League title in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge, although the campaign ended in disappointment following their FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.

Although he has yet to make up his mind whether to retire, Terry is keen to become a manager once he does decide to stop playing. "I am really confident in this group of players that they will kick on". Me and them have an unbelievable rapport - and we have for 22 years.Chris Hughton was named Championship manager of the year after guiding Brighton to the Premier League. "Hopefully one day I'll be back here as a manager, that is the ambition".

The challenge for those he leaves behind is to ensure that the club continues to challenge for major trophies, with Terry calling for Antonio Conte to be backed in the summer transfer market.

John Terry: Chelsea defender needs time to decide whether to continue playing

"And every time I do go to think about it, you go "we've got Arsenal, ' 'we've got this game coming up" and you know [it's of] massive importance as well to the football club".

Despite a host of clubs spending big last summer, Tottenham emerged as the only real title rival to Conte's side, who eventually finished seven points clear. And that's not a [message] applying just to us, that's just everyone: everyone needs to keep raising the bar. "It's a great opportunity to win the Double"."I had a discussion with the manager - I think he wanted to get the boys that didn't play on Monday night against Watford and give them a run out", he said.

For me, just honestly, genuinely and everyone keeps asking me and no-one believes me when I say that I've not got anything sorted.

  • Julie Sanders