John Terry could earn £20m-a-year if he leaves Chelsea for China

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John Terry is already considering his next move after announcing his likely departure from Chelsea at the end of the season, but one, above all else, looks most tempting.

Major League Soccer is already the outright favourite to bag Terry's signature. The veteran defender could join his compatriots Frank Lampard, who plays for New York City FC and Steven Gerrard at LA Galaxy. Ashley Cole has recently moved to LA Galaxy as well.

But the deals on offer elsewhere will be far in excess of anything the elite league in US football could offer, particularly China.


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According to The Telegraph, well-placed sources have already told Terry that he could earn £20million-a-year (£385,000-a-week) if he plays just a single season in the Chinese Super League.

Terry has recently seen his Chelsea team-mate Ramires move to China where he is now earning a reported £10million a year playing for Jiangsu Suning. As one of the highest-profile players in world football, Terry can expect to double that figure.

Foundation already built

And it seems Terry has had his eyes on a move to the economic powerhouse for some time. He partook in a one-man tour of the country last summer, designed to promote himself as a brand.

The 35-year-old took plenty of stick for the one-man tour at the time, but it now seems as though he will have the last laugh. There is bound to be a number of offers flooding in from the country now his future has been confirmed.

Staying at Chelsea

There is, of course, still a chance that Terry can stay at Chelsea where he earns a not-too-shabby £150,000-a-week on his current terms. The club made it clear that there was still a chance that a new deal would eventually be offered, but it is understood that they will wait until a new manager is in place before making such a decision.

By that time, however, Terry could have already agreed a pre-contract with another club.

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