John Terry waves goodbye to Stamford Bridge but what awaits the defender?

John Terry bid Chelsea an emotional farewell this week as the defender leaves the club after 22-years of service and what a 22 years it has been.
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Terry has captained both club and country during his time at Stamford Bridge, playing over 700 games in the blue shirt but now a new challenge beckons.

Though what could possibly a challenge a defender who boasts as many honours as John Terry? As well as a host of individual honours, the 36-year-old has won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups (and another may be on the horizon), three League Cups, two Community Shields, the Champions League and the Europa League. His silverware rich years may be over but that doesn’t mean Terry’s playing days have come to an end just yet and unsurprisingly, the centre-back has a number of potential suitors.

Bournemouth are said to be keen on the defender and Eddie Howe is reportedly ready to offer a two-year contract. It would be a sensible move for the former England man, the Cherries have cemented their Premier League status and Bournemouth isn’t a million miles away from his Surrey home.  It is believed that Terry would favour a top flight move over retirement so we may just see him donning the red and black stripes of the South Coast next season.

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There are a number of clubs abroad interested in both China and America, though the player is heavily family-orientated so any decision on his future is likely to be heavily influenced by them. Gus Poyet has claimed he was “100 per cent” certain that Terry would be heading to China following the conclusion of the current season but a new rule in the Chinese Super League that regulates the number of foreign players seems to have got in the way. A number of former Premier League players have headed to the Far East and whilst it have been a nice wager to end his career on, the alleged move looks to have been scuppered due to the new rules.

A move to America would echo that of former England teammates Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and David Beckham. The trio all played in the States as they neared the end of their playing career and wouldn’t be too surprisingly to see Terry do something similar. The centre-back is currently odds on with Betfair to sign for Bournemouth, with China a close second and a move to America 5/1.

Wherever Terry decides to play his trade next season should he choose against retirement, Match of the Day pundit and former Fulham man Danny Murphy has warned him that he may find himself in less privileged circumstances. Though that is likely to be something that Terry is fully aware of. Murphy described Terry’s move away from Stamford Bridge as “going from a five-star hotel to a three-star or two-star”, however, as long as said hotel offers regular playing time, Terry may not mind too much.

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