Blues manager Mourinho hints at extended stays for stalwarts Terry and Lampard
Jose Mourinho says Chelsea's weekend heroes John Terry and Frank Lampard will probably be rewarded with new Blues contracts.
Chelsea struggled for 90 minutes against Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, looking like surrendering two points and the Premier League top spot.
That was until the injury time free kick from Lampard, which a jubilant Terry touched past Everton keeper Tim Howard.
"They are performing,” said Mourinho of Chelsea's two longest serving current players.
“If they get a contract in this club, which probably they will, they will do based on performance, based on the quality they are showing.
“It will not be because they are legends or because we owe them something or because they want to stay here at any cost. They are performing."
Both of the Chelsea legends frequently struggled to get a game last season, and Mourinho says he cannot understand that – particularly when it comes to Terry.
Mourinho said: “I wanted to understand what happened (last season), because some players they really lose form, lose condition, lose performance level.
“I wanted to feel if it was just that case or if it was other manager's options, which you have always to respect. I don't know.
"I started the pre-season with him, analysing the situation and trying to fill it."
Since then, Terry has been a mainstay for Chelsea when fit.
So how does Mourinho seemingly keep getting the best out of his captain.
"I don't know really,” said the Portuguese, coyly.
“With me he played always well. He had good seasons with me, except one where he had the back surgery and he lost an important part of the season. But in my first two seasons here he had a fantastic level."
Chelsea are set to Fly out to Istanbul on Monday, ahead of their Wednesday date with Galatasaray and Didier Drogba at the Turk Telekom Arena.