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Marcel Desailly and Chelsea captain John Terry were teammates in the pre-Roman Abramovich era, and the former Chelsea captain has revealed that he doesn’t want Terry to leave the club.

Terry’s contract would wind up in a few months time, and Desailly wants the 36-year-old to be given a contract extension that will see him play a bit part role next season, while also making the transition from playing to coaching.

He said: “There is a new philosophy, and he is not first-choice, but John is committed to the club and he should not give up.

“I don’t want to see him playing for another team – he is still an important influence in the group, he is still the captain and if he stays, he will probably play 18 to 20 games next season because Chelsea will be back in the Champions League.

“Where else is he going to get as much satisfaction? He has to try and optimise being a player at Chelsea and maybe fit something into his next contract which allows him to make a good transition from playing to coaching.”

It’s yet to be seen if Terry would be given a new contract at the end of the season.

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