Chelsea’s captain, leader, legend John Terry played his final game at Stamford Bridge at the weekend and will leave the club after 22 years at the end of this season, however, having been strongly linked with a move to Bournemouth there will be no such deal this summer, according to reports from the Bournemouth Echo.
The Echo’s sports editor Neil Perrett, who enjoys a very close relationship with those at the club as well as manager Eddie Howe, has reported that his sources close to the club have revealed there is no truth behind the rumours linking the Cherries with a move for the free agent to be this summer.
Howe guided the club to their first ever top half finish in the top flight this season, an achievement which has gone largely under the radar, but saw a number of individual mistakes cost his side across the campaign.
The loss of Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake in January further hurt the south coast side’s depth at the back and there will need to be significant additions in that area this summer.
His class as a player is unarguable, however, age catches up with us all and another season in the Premier League may well be a step too far for the retired England international.
Even if the defender has one more season remaining it would seem a strange deal for Howe, much as the Defoe one does, who likes to build a side over a number of seasons rather than add a big name here and there for the one campaign.
Furthermore, the Cherries have a very rigorous system in place regarding the sort of personality they bring into the club. It is very often the case that if a player has caused trouble within a squad in the past then they are not for Howe. With large proportions of the public knowing the trouble Terry has got into in the past, the powers that be at The Vitality may just feel it’s not the right fit.