Wednesday 17 January 2018

John Terry wants to stay at Chelsea and fight for fifth league title despite Bournemouth interest

Is John Terry on his way out of Chelsea this month?
Is John Terry on his way out of Chelsea this month?

Matt Law

John Terry has informed Chelsea that he does not want to leave Stamford Bridge this month, despite interest from Bournemouth and a host of other clubs.

Bournemouth have been considering a bid to sign Terry on loan after Chelsea recalled Nathan Ake, while new Swansea City manager Paul Clement is also believed to have made an enquiry.

But Terry has reaffirmed his intention to see out the season with Chelsea and do everything he can to help the club win the Premier League title, despite the fact he is now arguably sixth-choice in head coach Antonio Conte’s pecking order.

Conte has been delighted with the way Terry has reacted to losing his starting place and backed the 36-year-old by insisting Chelsea appeal against his red card against Peterborough in the FA Cup.

Terry lost that appeal and will serve a one-match ban, but his absence does not present Conte with a problem for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Leicester City.

David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta have established themselves as Conte’s first-choice back three, with Kurt Zouma now fit again and Ake back at the club to compete for a place.

That leaves Terry with an uphill battle to force his way back into the starting line-up, but he is determined to see out the season with Chelsea before considering other offers.

Chelsea are not expected to extend Terry’s contract past the end of the season, but the former England international is expected to have lucrative offers from China and America.

Terry has always stated that he does not want to play for another English club and his decision to ignore interest from Bournemouth, Swansea and others this month would appear to back that up.

Lifting the Premier League trophy for a fifth time in his Chelsea career would be the perfect farewell for Terry.

Bournemouth are desperate to sign a new defender to replace Ake this month and have also asked about the availability of Liverpool teenager Joe Gomez, who has recently returned from injury.

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