Monday 22 January 2018

Bournemouth ponder loan move for Terry

John Terry. Photo: PA
John Terry. Photo: PA Newsdesk Newsdesk

Bournemouth are considering a loan deal this month for the out-of-favour Chelsea captain John Terry - a move that would surely signal the end of his association with the club he has served for 22 years but could extend his career in the Premier League beyond this season.

Eddie Howe has lost the on-loan Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, who returned to his parent club last weekend when they exercised a recall option over the 21-year-old. Signing Terry until the end of the season would give Howe's team experience although there would first be major issues to overcome on the player's side.

Terry made his debut at Chelsea aged 17 in November 1998, having joined from West Ham's youth system at the age of 14.

Apart from one loan at Nottingham Forest when he was 19, he has played his entire senior career at the club.

Terry is very keen to be part of Chelsea's fifth Premier League title victory, if the club do prevail in May.

However, how much he would play in the second half of the season remains a doubt. He is currently suspended following his red card against Peterborough in the FA Cup third round, which will stand after a failed appeal, and beyond that the future looks bleak.

In Antonio Conte's thinking, Terry would appear to be behind the first choice back three of Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta for a place in the starting line-up as well as Kurt Zouma and presumably now Ake, who has ten league appearances this season to Terry's five.

Having breathed new life in to Jack Wilshere's career, 36-year-old Terry may feel that Bournemouth can prolong his and potentially lead to another contract with the club when his existing one-year deal expires at the end of June.

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