JT not giving up on Guangzhou Evergrande deal
BY SAMI MOKBEL/ John Terry will be offered a mega-deal to play in the Chinese Super League next season. Guangzhou Evergrande are not giving up on their long-running mission to bring the Blues skipper to the Far East when his Chelsea contract expires.
The 35-year-old defender is an ambassador for the Chinese club managed by former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari. And Guangzhou are keen to use their links with the former England star to lure him to China - and will use the vast riches at their disposal to seal a deal.
Terry can expect a deal upwards of £8million (Sh1.0bn)-per-season to move to China. The Chelsea fans’ favourite, fit again after recovering from an ankle injury, will see his latest Chelsea deal expire at the end of the season.
A decision over whether he signs an other 12-month deal will not be made until later in the season. But if the decision is made to end his glittering Blues career next summer, then there is likely to be a list of suitors from the Chinese Super League keen on snapping him up, with Guangzhou at the front of the queue.
Whether Terry extends his stay at Chelsea is likely to depend on his playing time between now and the end of the season. The 35-year-old started the season as the club’s first-choice centre back, but his injury has thrown a spanner in the works. Manager Antonio Conte has implemented a three-at-theback system consisting of David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta, and the shift has brought major success with four consecutive Premier League wins.
Chelsea’s John Terry applauds their fans after a league.