Mega rich clubs in the United Arab Emirates are interested in offering Chelsea captain John Terry one last big pay day in the sun when his contract expires at Stamford Bridge next season.
SOURCE: The Sunday Mirror
Chelsea skipper John Terry will be faced with a major dilemma when his current contract with the European champions expires at the end of next season, with the West Londoners as yet to offer the centre back a new deal to finish his glittering career at Stamford Bridge.
Terry, 32, was given a new bumper contract in 2009 in the face of much publicised interest at the time from big spending Manchester City, whose then head coach Mark Hughes was determined to sign the player in order to bring some much needed leadership qualities to his evolving team.
However, that transfer saga only resulted in the Blues offering Terry a new five-year deal worth a reported £150,000 per week, which at the time pleased both parties.
But much has changed in the intervening years, especially of late, with the defender now not even a first choice pick under new coach Rafa Benitez, who in recent weeks has preferred to use Gary Cahill and David Luiz as his number one centre back partnership due to lingering doubts about the veteran’s overall fitness levels following a knee injury picked up by Terry when playing against Liverpool in the Premier League at the Bridge last November.
All of which means we are set for yet another intriguing “will he / won’t he be offered a new deal?” saga at this point next year, similar to the ones experienced this season with fellow long serving England internationals Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard at the club.
And, if all the signs coming out of the Bridge are to be believed, then it looks increasingly unlikely that Chelsea’s billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich will bend to the will of public opinion in west London and offer Terry the opportunity to end his long association with the Blues by offering Terry a new deal beyond the end of next summer.
So, that would leave the man himself with an interesting and tricky choice to make: move to a rival club in the Premier League, or head for the riches of the Middle East.