Sunday 20 August 2017

Bournemouth keen to bolster defence with Terry signing

John Terry will leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
John Terry will leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Jeremy Wilson

Bournemouth are serious contenders to sign John Terry but the Chelsea captain wants to delay a final decision about his next club until after the season has finished.

Chelsea announced on Monday that Terry, 36, would leave when his contract expires at the end of the season with interest from China, America and other Premier League rivals. The announcement was made less than 24 hours after a 2-0 defeat against Manchester United.

Gary Neville, Terry's former England team-mate, called the timing "incredibly strange" and said it could become a distraction to other players at the club. Terry picked Monday to reveal his plans because it was the one remaining moment of the season when there were no matches during the week and he now hopes the issue can be parked until the summer.

attracted Bournemouth, West Brom and Stoke all made inquiries in January and it is understood Terry would be attracted by the idea of playing under Eddie Howe, while Bournemouth want to add defensive experience.

Meanwhile, key Chelsea players were struck down with an illness before the game against Manchester United, although some played on and the club believe that it contributed to their poor performance. As well as Marcos Alonso, Diego Costa and Victor Moses both missed training on Friday because of the sickness.

Alonso pulled out in the warm-up at Old Trafford, prompting a late switch by manager Antonio Conte. Costa was below par by his standards while Moses also started but was taken off after 54 minutes and was a long way from his best.

Since then Gary Cahill is understood to have reported with the bug, although it is not thought to be serious. All four will be fit to face Tottenham in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final. Thibaut Courtois, who injured an ankle in an NBA promotional video shoot, is struggling to be fit for Saturday.

Telegraph.co.uk

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