John Terry remains “very hopeful” of staying at Chelsea beyond the end of the season despite saying last month that he was leaving the club in the summer.
The Blues captain announced five weeks ago that he had not been offered a new deal and that “it’s not going to be a fairytale ending” to a career which has been spent entirely at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea insisted no decision had yet been made, but a month on, talks are yet to take place with the club said to be keen to confirm their manager for next season before turning their attention to the squad.
Despite the stalemate, Terry is not giving up on his desire to finish his career at Chelsea.
“I am still very hopeful,” he said at the London Football Awards.
“I have been there 21 years and I will never give up until if finally happens. But who knows?
“I have still got a lot to give – whether that is here or somewhere else – that is for sure.”
Terry hopes to return from a hamstring injury in time for the Champions League last 16 second leg clash with Paris Saint-Germain next week and the skipper is still refusing to rule himself out of Saturday’s meeting with Stoke.
When asked about the prospect of facing PSG, Terry said: “That’s the target but I am still hoping for the weekend as well. I am just taking it day by day at the minute. I know we are kind of close and the weekend is upon us but that is the target.”