JT will fight Jose's corner in Abramovich row

January 14, 2007

Chelsea captain John Terry claims he would be prepared to plead with the club hierarchy for manager Jose Mourinho to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho's future has been the subject of speculation in recent days with the Portuguese boss spurning opportunities to dismiss reports he will leave in the summer.

Mourinho, who is 44 next week, has led Chelsea to successive Barclays Premiership titles and Terry admits he would hate to see him go.

Terry said: 'We all agree that we don't want Jose to go and if it takes five or six of the senior players to tell them so, then that's what we're prepared to do.

'Jose is the best in the business, there's no doubt about that, and I'm sure he will be for the next 20 years. That's what we want at Chelsea - the best and only the best. So there is no way we want the best boss around to be walking away.

'We don't want to see top people leaving. Jose Mourinho must stay.

'We are all loyal to Jose. We know what he has done for us as players and for this club as a whole. This situation is putting pressure on everyone at this club.'

However Terry, who is currently out of action after a back operation, added: 'I am convinced he will stay. I think he will be here again next season, I really do. I don't think he will be going anywhere.'