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Poyet: Terry could make China switch

Terry made a rare PL appearance for Chelsea on Tuesday Credit: PA

John Terry could move to China this summer, according to his former Chelsea team-mate Gus Poyet who is now manager of Shanghai Shenhua.

Terry will be leaving Chelsea this summer after 22 years at Stamford Bridge and is available on a free transfer.

And having won 14 major trophies at Chelsea, Terry could finish the season lifting more silverware, with the Blues also in the May 27 FA Cup final against Arsenal.

He has been linked with numerous Premier League clubs, plus moves to Major League Soccer, the Middle East and the Chinese Super League, where recent transfer restrictions may not apply to Terry, Poyet says.

It is a great opportunity for him and for all the teams here (in China), including us.

The latest change of the quantity of foreigners on the pitch stops some clubs from bringing in defenders, but we are talking about a special one.

It is a great possibility that China will be one of the possible situations for John Terry in the future.

It is a very difficult decision whether to stay in England or go abroad.

I would like him not to play in the Premier League for another club - maybe I'm a little bit selfish.

– Poyet told talkSPORT


Lampard: Terry 'the greatest defender in Premier League history'

Lampard and Terry formed part of the spine of Chelsea's greatest-ever team. Credit: PA

Frank Lampard paid tribute to the "greatest defender in Premier League history" following news that John Terry will leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old will end a 22-year association with the Blues when his contract expires, having won 14 major honours at Stamford Bridge since making his first-team debut in 1998.

Most of that silverware was won alongside his "great friend" Lampard, who did not understate Terry's contribution to the club.

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Chelsea defender Terry has ban appeal rejected

John Terry is no longer a Chelsea regular. Credit: PA

John Terry will serve a one-match ban after Chelsea's appeal against his sending off in the FA Cup tie against Peterborough was rejected.

Defender Terry, making his first start since the EFL Cup exit at West Ham in October and first appearance since November, was adjudged to be last man when he fouled Lee Angol and was shown a straight red card by referee Kevin Friend in Sunday's game.

The Premier League club put in an appeal, which the Football Association confirmed on Tuesday afternoon had been unsuccessful, meaning the suspension stands, ruling Terry out of the match against champions Leicester on Saturday.

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