"I think that Terry is a symbol of the team," he said. "Naturally he will be the captain next time; he says he wants to be at Chelsea next season and we want to keep him forever. There is no price – he will be captain of Chelsea forever.>>Carlo Ancelotti.
"There is no problem. For him, for us, the story continues for Chelsea. For captain I would like to have Terry. He is very close to [Paolo] Maldini in professionalism and I would like to keep him as captain."
It was of course Carlo Ancelotti's first press conference as Chelsea manager this morning, and inevitably the focus would be on the subject of John Terry's future.
The press this morning (on the back of the Sunday's) was full of the suggestion that Terry could indeed be tempted by a move. A key point was that it was reported that Chelsea themselves could not be keen on a deal, possibly due to being less than enamoured with Terry himself and the belief he could be using our interest as leverage for a new (and much improved) deal.
Whilst there has still been on official word from Terry himself, Ancelotti's comments appear to be unequivocal in their tone and that (as thought) Chelsea are not willing to entertain the possibility of letting Terry leave.
We could of course go back in with a further bid for him, but clearly an improved offer to Chelsea is not likely to see them waver. Any deal does now seem to be dead in the water and it really would take a huge announcement from Terry to resurrect anything - something that is extrememely unlikely.