As Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka ply their trade in China and team-mate Frank Lampard is openly coveted by LA Galaxy; would John Terry be able to secure a move to the lucrative leagues such as the MLS, Chinese Super League or Australian A-League or is he condemned to retiring a Chelsea player? More so, is that exactly what he wants anyway?
John Terry has certainly become one of the most divisive names in British sport over the last 10 years.
He was arrested for assault and affray in 2002, but surely there shouldn’t be too much vilification there; you could probably fill a Premier League squad with players who have been dealt similar punishments. Ledley King, Steven Gerrard and Stewart Downing have been charged with the offence with varying levels of punishment or deserved acquittal.
He drunkenly ‘harassed’ American tourists during a drinking ‘binge’ hours after the September 11 terrorist attacks along with Frank Lampard, Jody Morris, Frank Sinclair and even Eidur Gudjohnsen getting in on the act.
But that was soon forgotten; then came the Wayne Bridge affair but more recently the racism debacle.
He has now been to court about the Anton Ferdinand incident and been charged by The FA. The debacle has seen him lose his captaincy, Fabio Capello lose his job and ultimately cost him his international career.
While I am neither in defence or offence of John Terry one thing that is clear would appear to be the rest of his career.
Surely nobody would sign John Terry now?
Innocent or not the fact remains John Terry has not necessarily become a PR dream and as his career begins to slide away into the realms of ‘the end’ he must surely have started thinking about his career post-Chelsea.
Team-mate Frank Lampard is being linked with a move to join his former England team-mate David Beckham at LA Galaxy while he has also witnessed his former team-mates Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba make lucrative switches to Chinese football.
Surely this leaves his career trajectory going one way, exclusively with Chelsea FC. Rumours have linked him with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, along with team-mate Ashley Cole but this doesn’t seem likely.
The fact is the stigma of the ‘racism’ argument will stick to him like tar, making him a transfer leper as he reaches the advent of his career. That seems a way off, as he again proved against Arsenal he is a world-class centre back with an ability to put emotional stressors to the back of his mind (that is assuming he feels emotion, he might be a robot) and perform to the highest level.
A move to the lucrative golden paths of the MLS, Russia, Paris, Australia, China or the Middle East seem unlikely however that isn’t necessarily true.
One thing about football that is always assured is its short memory and despite John Terry perhaps being labelled ‘bad news’ the statement by Jonathan Pryce’s evil character Elliot Carver in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies does ring true, ‘there is no news, like bad news’.
The infamy of John Terry would still make him a big buy, so the fact is he will probably receive many an offer from around the globe the more and more he tentatively steps into his 30’s.
Whether he takes them up on such an offer is something else entirely.
Would John terry ever leave Chelsea? Would anybody want to sign him?
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