John Terry’s future still appears unclear despite there being less than one week remaining of the Premier League season.
The Chelsea captain’s contract expires at the end of the campaign and Terry previously revealed that the club are unwilling to offer him a new deal.
However, with Antonio Conte replacing caretaker boss Guus Hiddink in the summer, many expected that the Italian may attempt to keep him at the club.
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But that doesn’t appear the case with still no offer on the table for the 35-year-old and The Sun are now reporting that Terry is set to become one of the best-paid players in the world by moving to China.
The report states that Terry will become the latest high-profile name to join the mega-rich league and will sign a ridiculous £12million-per-year deal.
When considered, Terry’s move to China seems fairly likely. The defender set up the JT Captain China Tour last summer and was spotted in Shanghai in March.
The manager of Shanghai SIPG is Terry’s former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and the Swede has already spoken of his keenness to sign the Chelsea legend.
Eriksson wants Terry
"There is a lot of talk about John Terry in China,” he told The Sun.
"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.”
But Eriksson isn’t the only person that wants him to sign for a club in Shanghai.
Former Chelsea teammate Demba Ba is currently plying his trade for Shanghai Shenhua and is desperate for Terry to join him.
Ba calls for Terry
“If John contacts me, I’d tell him, ‘Get on the next plane over here... what are you waiting for?’” he told The Sun last month.
Terry may have already played his last competitive game for the Blues after he was sent off against Sunderland on Saturday. The captain now faces a two-match ban due to it being his second sending off of the campaign, meaning he will be sidelined for the trip to Liverpool and the final match at home to Leicester.
It’ll be a sad ending to the centre-back’s 18-year career at Stamford Bridge. Terry has played 703 appearances, winning four Premier League trophies, five FA Cups and one Champions League.
And Terry could be set to swap Chelsea for China and be given one hefty payday before retirement.