It’s fair to say John Terry’s predictable departure from Chelsea has been a little turbulent over the last few days.
There’s been bickering amongst supporters who have questioned whether or not their talismanic captain should have revealed his departure online following Chelsea’s 5-1 dismantling of MK Dons in the cup. It has somewhat tainted his departure, with some suggesting if he’d kept quiet, he could have been offered a new deal.
And that is at the centre of it all. Terry always said he wanted to end his career at Stamford Bridge but that always looked like a faint reality following Jose Mourinho’s departure.
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But with the exit definitely on the cards, talk has turned to where the captain could lay down his nest next. Let’s be honest, Terry will be a man in-demand. He has an excellent CV and after his legacy at Chelsea, would be an asset to many clubs around the world.
He’s already exclaimed that he won’t be staying in the Premier League and I very much doubt a move to Ewood Park is in the offing so abroad looks the likeliest option.
With money dominating the game more than ever, will Terry follow former team-mate Ramires to cash-rich China, or will a slightly more ambitious move be on the cards?
China is a move that has been cited by many. They are the new footballing powerhouses in terms of money. Reports have suggested that Terry could make in excess of £20million a season playing in the Chinese Super League, which has tempted many a famous name in the past couple of years.
Ramires, Freddy Guarin, Paulinho, Asamoah Gyan, Gervinho and Stephane Mbia, are some of the more household names that currently play in the league, which is still made up of 80% Chinese players.
It’s a tempting move and Chinese football is really coming into its own with the money that is sloshing around but it’s also worlds away from the quality of European-level football.
So that leaves us with the most likely option: the MLS. I could witter on for hours about the success and tribulations the league has achieved in the last ten years but everyone knows how well it is doing. So many stars are heading for the sunny shores of the States to finish their careers and why not?
It’s a league that is coming into its own and is always improving. Gates, atmosphere and general interest have improved tenfold and it’s great to see. This looks like the most obvious move for Terry, who could join the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and David Villa.
But what about some other destinations that have not been quite as well publicised? Qatar has been cited as a possibility by Gianfranco Zola, who has stated he could earn Terry a money-spinning move to join Xavi, who now plays at Al-Sadd.
But let’s be honest, wherever the former England international goes, he’ll do well if he can keep himself fit. He’s one of the best defenders this country has ever seen and will flourish whether he goes to China, America or Timbuktu.