With John Terry announcing that he will not return to Chelsea next season, the debate has begun as to what his next career move will be.
The Blues’ captain and one of the best center-backs in the Premier League over the past ten years has been linked with moves to Major League Soccer, and most recently, with China.
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The Chinese Super League made a splash in the January transfer window by spending huge cash to bring in top-level talent, including Terry’s former Chelsea teammate Ramires.
Some reports have stated Terry could make more than $20 million in salary for just one season in China, and one of his former managers backs a potential move to Asia.
While in charge of England, Sven-Goran Eriksson gave Terry his national team debut in 2003. Eriksson has been coaching in China since 2013, currently the manager of Shanghai SIPG.
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The former England boss said there has been “a lot of talk” about John Terry in China, and believes he would be a great fit for the Chinese Super League.
There is a lot of talk about John Terry in China. He has been one of the greatest defenders in the world for the last 15 years.
He is still doing very well and has a lot to offer. He is one of the most recognisable players in world football.
Chinese teams are looking for these big players. Great teams need great leaders.
They do not come much better than John Terry. With his skill, his experience, he would be great in China, I have no doubt about that.
While Terry could come to America and play in a city such as Los Angeles or New York with no language barrier, MLS can’t come close to the wages China will surely offer once his contract expires at Chelsea.