Chelsea star John Terry has admitted that he could well finish his career in the MLS in a move that would see him follow the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
In quotes given to talkSPORT the ex-England captain told how he was open to the idea of playing elsewhere before hanging up his boots, although he did affirm his stance that he would ‘love’ to finish his career at Stamford Bridge.
Terry the legend
A one-club man in an age where they are a growing scarcity, Terry has performed admirably for Chelsea since being promoted to their first-team in 1998 and this season proved that he’s still capable of turning out at the highest level despite his advancing years.
Yet for how long that will be the case remains to be seen, and it might end up that before he is finished playing Chelsea no longer have need of his services. If that’s the case then you can be assured he won’t be entirely against leaving for pastures new, even if they are on the other side of the Atlantic.
"I would love to finish my career at Chelsea and maybe there is a time when I look to go to play in America or whatever might be best for my family at the time," he reportedly told talkSPORT.
"Hopefully I have a couple of years left at least. I always thought I could get to age of 35 and still [be] playing and I am getting close to that now."
In what’s becoming an increasingly popular trend it’s become common place for reputable stars to head to the U.S to finish their careers.
The likes of Thierry Henry, David Beckham and more recently Lampard and Gerrard have all decided to offer the MLS their last years of service, making it a more attractive prospect for audiences worldwide.
As has already been stated though Terry arguably has more to give his current club than any of those players did by the time they headed Stateside.
Replacing a diamond
Jose Mourinho himself has admitted how surprised he was at how comfortably Terry was still able to marshall his back-line, and the 34-year-old was once again a key part of the side that took the Premier League title with relative ease this term all things considered.
That said sooner or later he is going to experience a natural decline in ability similar to the one Rio Ferdinand has felt over the past two years. When that happens Mourinho will hope to have a ready-made replacement ready to slot into his place, with youngster Kurt Zouma currently being groomed for such a role and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane surely another possibility.
Chelsea fans, do you think Terry will leave before the end of his career? Is he ever going to play for anyone other than the Blues? Let us know in the comments box below.