John Terry, Frank Lampard, and Ashley Cole have been the backbone of Chelsea’s success during the last decade, but their futures are under heavy speculation now. The trio have less than six months left on their contracts and the club is yet to offer them new deals.
Jose Mourinho, though, is not worried about the situation since there is trust between the parties involved. Unlike last season, Terry and Lampard are playing regularly, while Cole has also forced himself back into the first-team after a brief absence.
According to ESPN, Mourinho said ahead of the crunch clash with Manchester United:
“What has to come will come naturally. We don’t need to be involved in discussions publicly. Everything comes naturally.
“The players want to stay if they are playing and feel useful, if they feel important in the team. The respect the club has for them is more than obvious. No pressure.”
Under FIFA regulations, the trio are free to discuss terms with foreign clubs and sign a pre-contract agreement. It is a distinct possibility considering Lampard and Cole’s interest in the MLS. They are unlikely to start negotiations right away considering their status and respect they have for Chelsea. Mourinho continued:
“We will do in the end the best thing for the club and the best thing for the players. The best thing is a result of communication, of changing ideas and feelings, but it will come naturally.
“It’s different to last season, when John and Frank weren’t playing. You could guess lots of things. At this moment it’s all very calm. They trust us, we trust them. It’s not about making a contract desperately tomorrow or next week. Very calm. No stories.”
Between them, the trio have more than 1500 appearances and 36 winner’s medals from their time at the club. Now that is something money can’t buy!