Bournemouth are serious contenders to sign John Terry but the Chelsea captain wants to delay a final decision about his next club until after the season has finished.
Chelsea announced on Monday that Terry would leave when his contract expires at the end of the season but, with interest from China, America and other Premier League rivals, there has been concern that Terry’s situation could become distracting. The announcement was made less than 24 hours after a 2-0 defeat against Manchester United that leaves Tottenham only four points behind Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.
Gary Neville, Terry’s former England team-mate, has called the timing “incredibly strange” and said that it could become a distraction to other Chelsea players. Terry, though, picked Monday to reveal his plans because it was the one remaining moment of the season when there were no matches during the week and he now hopes that the issue can be parked until the summer.
He intends simply to make up his mind when Chelsea’s season is finished and is potentially open to offers to stay in the Premier League or move abroad. Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City all made enquiries in January and it is understood that Terry would potentially be attracted by the idea of playing under Eddie Howe. Bournemouth remain interested and would like to add defensive experience.
Terry had signed a series of one-year contracts over recent seasons but had to wait until May last year before being offered a new deal and has made it clear that he took the decision to leave.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has picked Terry only 10 times this season but the former England captain believes that he still has much to offer and wants the chance to play regularly elsewhere.
Terry, who is now 36, has been with Chelsea since the age of 14 and will be offered the chance to return in a some sort of on-field capacity when he does finally retire from playing.