New Chelsea manager Joes Mourinho says that he needs to be honest with his players and in doing so has admitted England defender John Terry is ‘not safe’.
The new Blues boss was referring to Terry’s place in the team, and while confirming they have a good friendship, he says no players’ place is safe in the team.
"He's not safe, and he knows he's not safe," said Mourinho.
"The only thing he knows is safe is our friendship, our relationship, but professionally, nobody's safe.
"I need to be honest with everybody and I think he appreciates that. We spoke about it and he understands perfectly.
"We used to say in Portugal: friends are friends, but business is 'apart'. This is kind of a business. In football, you have to prove yourself every day and every week.
"I trust him completely. I know he's a very good player, but he has to prove himself like everybody else."
"A player in the last season of a contract has to earn the next contract. That's very normal.
"I've spoken to John about that. John has to work hard, to give everything for the team and give the best of himself. And at the end of the day - I don't say the end of the season - him and the club will arrive at a conclusion."
Terry, who won two Premier League titles under Mourinho during the Portuguese manager's first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge, is about to enter the final season of his current Blues contract.