Chelsea news: Three Chinese Super League clubs interested in John Terry
John Terry could follow the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard and seek a move to China.
John Terry has been approached by three different Chinese Super League sides, who are extremely interested in adding the former English international to their ranks, according to the Daily Star. Shanghai SIPG, Guangzhou Evergrande, and Shanghai Shenhua are thought to be chasing the legendary centre-back. Former Chelsea player, Gus Poyet, was appointed as Shanghai Shenhua's new manager, and many expect that to be a huge factor in the race for his signature.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea boss Luis Felipe Scolari, is managing the workings of Guangzhou Evergrande, and could use his relationship with the player to his advantage.
It is known that Terry has begun studying for his coaching badges, and takes regular training sessions at Chelsea's academy. The player could also decide to hang his boots come the end of the season and foray into the world of management at Chelsea itself. Many expect the 35-year-old defender to grab a deal over £8 million per season if he is to move to China. The fan favourite will see his contract expire at the end of the season, and for a player at the end of his career, chances like this do not come every day.
With manager Antonio Conte implementing a three-man defensive system consisting of stars David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta, the Chelsea legend has seen his number of appearances dwindle in number. Ever since he got injured, he has failed to successfully break into the team.
Way back at the start of this year, Sven-Goran Eriksson confirmed that there was a lot of interest for John Terry back in China. “There is a lot of talk about John Terry in China. He has been one of the greatest defenders in the world for the last 15 years,” Eriksson told The Sun.
“He is still doing very well and has a lot to offer. He is one of the most recognisable players in world football. Chinese teams are looking for these big players. Great teams need great leaders. They do not come much better than John Terry. With his skill, his experience, he would be great in China, I have no doubt about that,” he added.
Eriksson himself was responsible for John Terry's first England cap after which the defender went on to make 77 further appearances.
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