By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes

Thibaut Courtois has given his backing to John Terry in the Chelsea captain’s contract stand-off with the club.

The Premier League champions drew 0-0 at Watford on Wednesday night in their first match since Terry dropped the bombshell that he is leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Terry claimed he had been told that he will not be handed a new contract, although Chelsea have subsequently explained that the door is not shut on the long-serving skipper being granted an extension.

The Chelsea fans made it clear that Terry has their full backing as they urged the Stamford Bridge hierarchy to ‘sign him up’ at Vicarage Road on Wednesday.

Asked afterwards about the futures of Terry and centre-back team-mate Gary Cahill, who was once again overlooked in favour of Kurt Zouma, Courtois said: “We know how important these two players are. He (Terry) is a club legend who has been here 21 years and has won everything with the club.

“It is a decision between him and the club. You have to ask him about it.”

Terry delivered a typically eloquent message on the pitch as Chelsea extended their unbeaten run under new manager Guus Hiddink to eight matches.