Jose Mourinho has reassured John Terry that he has a future at Chelsea after he confirmed him as club captain for next season.
Terry's future looked in doubt following a season during which he struggled with injuries and suffered a dip in form, but Mourinho has plans for him.
The former England defender led Chelsea when Mourinho was last at Stamford Bridge, with the club claiming two Premier League titles.
And the returning manager has reassured Terry he will continue as captain, although that does not guarantee him a starting place.
"What I can say is about the future, and the future is to meet John in the first week of July, try to get the best out of him," the 50-year-old said.
"I know what he can give. I try to get the best, let's try to make him again a very important player that he couldn't be last season. But Benitez's decisions are Benitez's decisions, and I will always be respectful of that."
Terry is one of a handful of players still at the club from Mourinho's first time in charge, but he was quick to stress that previous relationships will not be taken into account and everyone will have to fight for their place next season.
"There are still a few boys from my time, which is always good to go back and see these people who gave absolutely everything to me when I was here," he continued.
"But it's important to tell you - not them, because they know - that there is no privilege for them.
"They know my nature. They don't have an advantage in relation to the other people.
"Chelsea did very well to get these young boys with great potential, great ability and a great future, and I look forward to trying to improve them."