Chelsea sure that Terry will follow Drogba's lead

Having appeared to secure Didier Drogba on a new three-year deal, Chelsea are increasingly confident that John Terry will be the next major Stamford Bridge figure to pledge his commitment to new manager Carlo Ancelotti. But Manchester City were standing their ground last night and refusing to concede the England captain is lost to them. They have been given no sense whatsoever that Terry is intent on staying put.

Chelsea are expecting Terry to make a public statement about his intentions in the next few days and with a feeling that negotiations for an improved deal might take place when Chelsea return to Britain. But as of last night, the positive messages from Ancelotti and Drogba about Terry had not engendered any pessimism around the City contingent on tour in South Africa, and the current belief in their camp is that the next seven days will be decisive.

The club feel they have received so many signals about Terry's readiness to make the move that there is bafflement that the issue has dragged out so long.

Drogba is the source of more certainty. Speaking in Los Angeles on Chelsea's pre-season tour, Ancelotti indicated that Drogba, consistently linked with moves away from the club, is to agree a new deal, one that would take the 31-year-old past his 34th birthday, and possibly his last as a player. Ancelotti said. "He's irreplaceable, no other striker in the world can do the same job. I've spoken with Drogba and he's happy to stay."

Drogba's lack of restlessness, allied to the promise of teenager Daniel Sturridge – signed from City – mean that Ancelotti should not be forced into the transfer market for a forward. But Ancelotti has less assurance for Andrei Shevchenko. The once great striker looks set to be sold or, failing that, again loaned out.

City's Felipe Caicedo is expected in Lisbon today for discussions about a one-year loan to Sporting Lisbon.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz