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Published: 15:05 | 10/5/16

Hiddink: Terry able to continue


Guus Hiddink does not know if John Terry has played his last game for Chelsea but he believes he has the ability to carry on at the highest level.

Terry's contract at Chelsea will run out at the end of the season and he has yet to be offered a new deal.

The club captain has made 703 appearances for the club but he may be deprived of the chance of a farewell at Stamford Bridge following his sending off during the 3-2 defeat at Sunderland on Saturday.

Hiddink will have no say in whether or not Terry is offered a new contract but the interim manager believes he still has a future at the highest level.

"Whether it would've been the last game that's not up to me," said Hiddink. "When I make a judgement on how he plays and his fitness on his age, he's able to play, he's able to continue.

"Where? What the near future is is up to the club, it's not for me to make declarations on that."

Despite being ruled out of the games against Liverpool and Leicester, Terry has reported for training this week.

"He has been training in recent days. Of course, when you come on the pitch for training after being sent off it's not the most beautiful face," he said.

"He started to lift up his morale and trained okay. Of course, not being there in the last two games is a blow for him and for us."

Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December at a time when the club were in danger of being dragged into the relegation battle following a poor start to the season.

The Dutchman managed to turn things around but the club were unable to make up for their poor early season and as a result will miss out on Europe next season.

As he prepares for his final two games in charge, Hiddink admits the season has been disaster.

"Yeah, it would be a disaster. Of course, when I talk about big words like disaster, I think of bigger things in the world," Hiddink told reporters on Tuesday.

"When we zoom into the football world, you may call it a disaster. Chelsea must be always in the top, as they are used to. Even better, fighting for silverware.

"I was asked to get out of relegation zone, with no other targets. I talked in a positive way when unexpected things happened before. You re-set your goals, as a team, which we did.

"I would have liked to set another target for the club - win the FA Cup, reach the Champions League finals - but that did not happen."

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