West Ham Boss Slaven Bilic Praises John Terry But Refuses to Say if Hammers Would Sign Blues Captain

Jude Summerfield

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has praised Chelsea captain John Terry but refused to comment on speculation linking the Blues captain with a move to the Hammers.

Terry announced his decision to leave Chelsea at the end of the season on Monday, ending a playing association of over 20 years with the club. He has made over 700 appearances for the Stamford Bridge side and is considered one of England's greatest ever defenders but has struggled for appearances this year, figuring in just five Premier League games.

"He definitely has got at least a couple of years left with his quality and experience and leadership," Bilic told ​Sky Sports.

AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea - Premier League
AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea - Premier League

"Whether that will be with West Ham or elsewhere I don't know, we don't think about that right now but I don't think it is the end of John Terry's career. He's going to do well.

"Every manager and club would think about John Terry if he's available because there are not many leaders like him, but then again we have experience in that position, we have good players in that position, so never say never but to be fair I don't think about that right now."

"He's on top [Premier League's best ever defenders], together with Rio Ferdinand."

Having won numerous domestic accolades with Chelsea Terry will no doubt go down as a Blues legend, and Bilic spoke highly of the centre-back, highlighting his iconic stature at Antonio Conte's club.

"John Terry is like a symbol. When we are talking about leadership and talking about needing characters and leadership on the pitch, we are talking about them.


"We are talking about Gerrard, Lampard, Terry, Ferdinand, we are not talking about new guys. So John Terry is Mr Chelsea, he's done everything.

"I never played against him but I managed teams against him, against Chelsea and maybe four times against England with Croatia. He was always like an anchor there, not only with his quality but his presence and everything. He was a natural leader."


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