Thursday 14 December 2017

Banned Terry books Bridge for farewell game with friends

John Terry. Photo: Getty
John Terry. Photo: Getty

Matt Law

John Terry will play in a farewell game at Stamford Bridge despite missing Chelsea's last two games of the season through suspension.

The Chelsea captain believes he has played his final competitive match for the Blues, following his sending-off at Sunderland, and has told friends he is considering a lucrative offer from China.

But he will play on the Stamford Bridge turf for one last time after booking the stadium for a match with close friends on Monday - the day after Chelsea's final game of the season against Leicester City.

Hiring Stamford Bridge for a game usually costs £22,000, but Chelsea are giving Terry the use of the stadium as part of a series of gestures that will be made to the - 35-year-old. The Stamford Bridge package Terry has taken up includes dressing rooms, match officials, use of the dugouts, access to stadium screens and public address system, and a barbecue.

Terry's team-mates are also planning to send the central defender off in style at an end-of-season bash at the Under the Bridge nightclub at Stamford Bridge following the Leicester game.

Chelsea have yet to confirm that Terry will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season, but an announcement on his future could be made ahead of Sunday's game. He will take part in a post-match lap of appreciation and will be treated to a farewell from the fans. The club hold their end-of-season awards on Friday night, where Terry is expected to receive tributes from a host of former team-mates and managers who have been approached by Chelsea to give written and video messages.

Terry is believed to have a firm offer from a Chinese Super League club. Moving to the Far East would be his most lucrative option with sources claiming he could earn up to £20m. Jiangsu Suning, who signed Ramires from Chelsea in January, are understood to be one of the interested clubs.

Terry already has strong links in China, having gone on a one-man promotional tour there last summer.

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