Terry likely to stay in EPL despite Chelsea exit


On Easter Monday, Chelsea and club captain John Terry released a joint statement announcing that the defender will leave the club at the end of the season.

A lot of speculation has done the rounds about the future of the former England skipper, but it is only now that there is a clear confirmation that he will surely leave once the campaign ends.

The timing of this decision has copped some flak from supporters and pundits, as it comes only days after the team capitulated at the hands of Manchester United in a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford. With a crucial FA Cup semifinal clash against Spurs in the offing, perhaps there is some validity to this point as it will undoubtedly add more drama to matters away from football.

However, while the announcement was made about him departing, the 36-year-old’s future destination was not spoken about.

In times like this, it is often a good idea to look at what the punters are offering. Most bookmakers have labelled West Brom as favourites to sign the man, who they largely believe will stay in the same league, much like Rio Ferdinand did a couple of years back at Queens Park Rangers.

Bournemouth has also been earmarked as a possibly destination for the defender, while Brighton, who will make it to the top tier in the upcoming season, have also been placed quite high on the team.

Tony Pulis is a big fan of ageing central defenders and could well be keen to get Terry in as the Baggies look for more experience and threat from set pieces.

Eddie Howe is also a manager that would likely see Terry as a key player to improve his squad and what has been a shaky backline this season.

Rumours had earlier linked the England international with a move to the Chinese Super League, and while that still seems like a possibility, the Middle East has also been noted as a possible destination.

Also of interest are the odds on the likes of Newcastle, West Ham and even Manchester United signing John Terry.

While it would be absurd for most fans to even think that Terry would even contemplate a switch to the Red Devils, the fact that they are placed at 33/1 to sign him, and with Jose Mourinho at the club, you just can’t rule it out.

3/1 is the price on the table for any MLS club to snap him up, or it’s a 10/1 shot he opts for Dubai and joins up with former Chelsea teammate Dan Petrescu at Al Nasr.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said, “The early money suggests JT could be heading for West Brom, however at this stage it’s hard to rule out a move to the MLS, or even the Middle East.”

Odds on John Terry’s next club:

7/4  West Brom

11/4  Bournemouth

3/1  Any MLS Club

8/1  Brighton

10/1  Crystal Palace

10/1  Any Chinese Club

10/1 Any UAE club

16/1  Celtic

16/1  Newcastle

16/1  West Ham

33/1  Man Utd

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