Michael Laudrup to approach John Terry about playing for Qatari club Lekhwiya.
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New manager of ambitious Qatari club Lekhwiya, Michael Laudrup, is ready to start splashing the cash, according to the Daily Star, with the Dane lining up an audacious swoop for Chelsea captain John Terry.
The 33 year-old recently agreed a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge, but the arrival of young centre back Kurt Zouma from Saint Etienne has put the Stamford Bridge legend’s position at the club under increased threat.
The former England international has put together a fine partnership with Gary Cahill at the heart of Jose Mourinho’s defence, however, and the Portuguese pragmatist is likely to consider Terry as first choice for just another year.
The approach for Terry shows that Qatari football is beginning to emerge as a genuine contender for the signature of established stars looking for a pay-day, however, following in the footsteps of leagues in China, Russia and the USA.
Former Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup recently agreed a deal to take over Lekhwiya, a club based in the capital city of Doha and one of the leading lights of the Qatari Stars League.
The reigning champions are looking for Laudrup to guide them into a new era, but the Dane appeared to be uncertain of the length of his challenge in the Middle East:
“I’m now entering my final phase as a coach. Although whether Lekhwiya will be my final or penultimate club I can’t say. And I don’t know either whether this phase while last two, three of four years. The answer is blowing in the wind.”