Hiddink surprised Terry went public over contract

Terry has been at Chelsea since the age of 14
Terry has been at Chelsea since the age of 14

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink admitted he was surprised John Terry went public over his contract dispute with the club.

The Blues skipper said on Sunday he expected to leave in the summer, having been told by the club there were no plans to offer him a new deal.

However, Chelsea have indicated any decision on Terry’s future would be taken when a permanent manager is appointed.

Hiddink, the interim boss until the end of the season, said: “The door is not shut. Dialogue is always possible.

“There is no specific decision made yet. It was a bit surprising [that he chose to talk about it] but he is entitled after his contract has ended at the end of the season to make up his mind.

“On the other hand, there’s also the club, who wants to have the dialogue and have an open door still.

“I have had some conversations with him in the past days about all kinds of things in football. I like him very much, and the way he is playing and committed to the team.”