What’s next for the Blues skipper? Here’s six possible destinations for the veteran
CHELSEA confirmed on Monday that skipper John Terry will leave the club this summer.
The defender’s 22 years of service will come to an end at the end of the season.
His departure will close a storied career at Stamford Bridge for the 36-year-old, but he is intent on writing another chapter to his life in the new campaign.
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Despite his age, the queue of clubs keen on bringing in the former England captain seems to be growing on a daily basis.
Terry has said himself that he will decide on his next move in due course. But what are his options?
Here are six possible destinations for the Blues legend:
Terry has already mooted the idea of a switch to switch to the USA and both New York City and LA Galaxy are interested in the stopper.
Terry told talkSPORT: “I would love to finish my career at Chelsea and maybe there is a time when I look to go to play in America or whatever might be best for my family at the time.
“Hopefully I have a couple of years left at least. I always thought I could get to age of 35 and still [be] playing and I am getting close to that now.”
The mega-money on offer could prove too tempting for Terry, and one last big pay day in the Chinese Super League is very much on the cards.
He is a big hit in the Far East, and former Chelsea chief and current Guangzhou boss Luiz Felipe Scolari knows him well.
The Brazilian previously said of the veteran: “For John Terry dying on the field would be glory. You would need to kill him and maybe even then he could still play.”
And they are not the only offers from abroad.
Turkish giants Fenerbahce have previously expressed an interest in Terry.
And Antalyaspor are also plotting a move for him, according to reports.
He has already been offered the chance to move to Qatar in the past by fellow Blues legend Gianfranco Zola.
Although the standard of football is not too great, the wages certainly would be.
A surprise name among the list of Premier League clubs in the odds market for his next move is Arsenal.
It seems unthinkable that he would line up for Chelsea’s fierce London rivals, but you can have a punt on it at 33/1.
Bournemouth are also interested in snapping up the experienced defender.
While West Brom boss Tony Pulis admitted he would love to bring him to the Hawthorns.
He said last month: “It (January’s enquiry) was just finding out what the situation was and then it was whether we moved on it or we didn’t.
“There was no approach made, it was just finding out what the situation was, and the situation was that John wanted to stay at Chelsea.
“I think he wanted to be there and stay there and be part of going out as a champion.
“If he becomes available in the summer we’ll sit down then and have a little think about what we’ve got and what we haven’t got and then we’ll take it from there.”
He has made no secret of his desire to become a manager once he hangs up his boots.
Terry could opt to begin that journey this summer.
However, he seems to have made his intention to play on for at least another season clear.