John Terry’s last ever actions as a Chelsea player will be him being sent off in a 3-2 loss to Sunderland, unless the defender can secure a new contract.
The 35-year-old is set for key talks with the club about his future and those in charge of making the decisions would be wise to keep him on.
Terry has made 483 Premier League appearances in his career, the third-most of anyone still playing in the top-flight, and this experience is extremely valuable.
Indeed, Manchester City have learned the hard way that it is difficult to bring in centre-backs from abroad and get them to immediately adapt to the English game.
Nicolas Otamendi joined the Citizens from Valencia for £28.5m this summer, but it would be fair to say that he hasn’t live up to his price tag.
The 28-year-old has looked particularly shaky in recent games and the side have let in seven goals in his last three outings.
In particular, the Argentine struggled in the 4-2 loss to Southampton at the start of the month.
He was twice beaten to the ball for the Saints’ second and third goals of the game and that kind of hesitancy is not what City would have expected from their investment.
Similarly, Eliaquim Mangala has hardly covered himself in glory since moving to the Etihad from FC Porto for £31.8m in August 2014.
The French defender has partnered Otamendi in the current poor three-game run and it is clear the Citizens struggle without Vincent Kompany.
Getting rid of Terry would force Chelsea into the same position as their Premier League rivals, needing to recruit a top-quality centre-half in the summer.
The Otamendi deal proves this is very difficult to do, even if you have near unlimited finances, and replacing the former England captain will be no easy task.
Possessing an impressive haul of four Premier League winners’ medals, five from the FA Cup, three League Cups, two Community Shields and one each of the major European trophies shows just how important the aging captain is.