John Terry approached over Lekhwiya switch

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John Terry may have an opportunity to leave Chelsea in the near future, with reports suggesting that his camp have recently been approached by agents working in association with Qatari club Lekhwiya to gauge his interest in a potential switch to the Middle East.

Such information comes courtesy of The Daily Star, with Lekhwiya - the current reigning champions of the Qatar Stars League - now managed by the popular figure of former Getafe and Swansea manager Michael Laudrup.

However, the same source further reports that Terry's immediate preference is to remain at Stamford Bridge and then see if such an offer remains on the table when his current contract expires.

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Chelsea stalwart

The inference that Terry wants to remain at Chelsea in the short-term is sure to be well-received by the club's supporters, with the 33-year-old former England captain having spent his entire senior career in West London, bar a short loan spell with Nottingham Forest back in 2000.

Always remaining an inspirational leader and committed 'skipper even in the face of intense media scrutiny, Terry found himself on the fringes of the first-team setup for much of interim boss Rafael Benitez's unpopular spell in charge of the club yet returned to prominence in quite magnificent last season under the returning Jose Mourinho.

Forming a formidable partnership with compatriot Gary Cahill at the heart of the Chelsea backline, Terry was instrumental in the Blues conceding the least amount of goals in the entire Premier League.

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New contract

Such a show of loyalty from Terry should not come as a surprise, particularly given that he recently agreed to extend his stay at Chelsea by a further year on reported wages of around £175,000-per-week. 

Indeed, given the excellent and consistent form displayed by the player throughout the 2013/14 campaign, one would not be entirely surprised to see Terry offered a further extension next summer if he proves as instrumental during Mourinho's second season back in charge.

That particular scenario could present more of a difficult decision for him, given that the likes of Lekhwiya are perhaps likely to be willing to offer more lucrative financial terms as he heads into the final stages of an illustrious career.

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