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Terry talks reach stalemate
16 Apr 2007 - 18:27:16
Chelsea captain John Terry has confirmed that contract negotiations between himself and the club have broken down.
Terry still has two years left to run on his existing deal and insists he wants to remain at Stamford Bridge, but at the moment the England captain and the Blues' hierarchy have reached an impasse during discussions on a new contract.
The 26-year-old believes the situation can be resolved but claims he won't be making the next move in the negotiation process.
"There is no movement at the minute," he revealed.
"We've been in and the offer has been made but it has gone no further than that. I won't be me making the next move.
"I said to the club that I want to stay for life and it is as simple as that.
"Negotiations have broken down, like they do throughout contracts, but who knows when we are going to be speaking again.
"I am not going in as I said. I've got so many more important things on my mind.
"It is more important for me to be on the pitch and making sure everyone is ready going into these games. That is my role as captain and Chelsea player."
However, Terry has denied that the outcome of his contract talks hinge on the future of manager Jose Mourinho, who has been linked with a Stamford Bridge departure in the summer.
"The situation is retrievable and it is not linked to what Jose does. Definitely not," he continued.
"He's been great for me and hopefully the club will do the right thing by him, myself and Frank Lampard - who is up for renewal."