Swansea manager Paul Clement has again promised to speak to Chelsea captain John Terry about his future plans, while insisting extensive summer surgery on his team is not necessary after their brush with relegation.
Former England international Terry is set to bring the curtain down on his distinguished Chelsea career in the champions’ final Premier League game against Sunderland on Sunday.
Clement said last month that he plans to see if Terry wants to continue playing , saying Swansea would be interested in signing the 36-year-old were they to stay in the Premier League.
Swansea secured their safety last weekend and Clement — who worked with Terry during his time as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at Chelsea — said: “I have not made the call [to Terry], I’m going to get this season done first. He has a lot on himself, he has a big game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and I’m sure he will get a wonderful send-off. I will have a conversation with him.
“I have known him a long time, but I don’t know what his thinking is, whether he will carry on first of all. There has been talk this could be his last game, he could go on abroad or stay here [in the Premier League]. That is all unsure at the moment.”
Clement took charge of Swansea at the start of January with the club anchored at the foot of the table with 12 points from 19 games.
Swansea have since taken 26 points from 18 games, with their final match at home to West Brom on Sunday.
Clement will speak to Swansea’s American owners next week about summer recruitment.
But he echoed the views of chairman Huw Jenkins, who said on Monday that major changes to the playing staff were not necessary.
“I don’t think a major overhaul is needed,” Clement said. “If the club had been relegated and only picked up 12 points again in the second half of the season and had 24 points then, maybe, you would be saying that would be the case.
“But the players and the team improved a lot and we could be picking up 29 points from the second half of the season. Even if it had been 20 in the first half we would have had 49 points, and we would have been eighth or ninth in the league.