Jose Mourinho 'guarantees' John Terry will be at the club next season, gives title race thoughts

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho addressed the media ahead of their midweek Premier League clash against West Ham.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has guaranteed that John Terry will still be at the club next season, with the captain's contract running out in the summer. 

Mourinho has said a new deal for Terry is a formality after another impressive season at centre-half and expects a contract to be signed before the end of the season.

The Chelsea boss told reporters: "What I can guarantee that he will be a Chelsea player next season - because I know what my board tells me and I know what the player tells me.

"All of these big guys are difficult to replace but you have to think what next and I think that is the best way to do things."

Terry scored the first goal in the side's win over Tottenham in the League Cup final at the weekend, and said the side was back in training the next day with fairly muted celebrations, but they have two days off towards the end of the week to celebrate if they wish.

"Maybe they went out with family for some dinner because the next day they were in good condition. I told them Thursday or Friday are the best moment that people their age sometime like to do."

It was a good weekend for Chelsea in the title race as their nearest title rivals lost 2-1 to Liverpool but Mourinho is taking nothing for granted ahead of tomorrow evening's clash with West Ham United at Upton Park.

He added: "These are competitions where not just your results count, the results of your direct opponents count - you can have a fantastic season and not be champions. When our direct opponents lose points it's good for us.

"We have 12 matches to play - six home and six away and we have five points advantage, which is not a lot in this competition. You have to focus on yourself and winning matches and keep an emotional balance if results aren't going in the right directions.

"There are 36 points to play for and we need 31 points."

Ahead of the game, Mourinho revealed that he expects John Obi Mikel had surgery on his knee, and he could return to the squad for the first week of April.

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