JT not giv­ing up on Guangzhou Ever­grande deal

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football -

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.

/REUTERS

Chelsea’s John Terry ap­plauds their fans af­ter a league.

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