Big-spending Parisians, Paris Saint Germain, are set to acquire Ashley Cole. He has apparently held talks with old coach Carlo Ancelotti about a move next summer as his contract runs down into its final year. This looks like a fairly likely switch, with Ancelotti proving his credentials during his time at Chelsea.
Team-mate John Terry however, may be struggling for suitors when his contract runs down into his remaining months.
Having been a Chelsea player since he was 14 years old, the likely hood of a transfer seems unlikely. He has always been a faithful and strong performer for the Blues but if Abramovich did decide it was time for Terry to move on, where would he go? Or, perhaps more interestingly, who would have him?
Carlco Ancelotti was a big fan of Tezza during his time in charge at Stamford Bridge, rejecting bids from Man City for his Captain. With the economic power to perhaps entice Chelsea to sell their ageing skipper, PSG could be a potential new home for John Terry. In the atmosphere of the world’s most romantic city, perhaps Terry could reconcile with his past misdemeanours and live out the rest of his career, representing himself, and the game in a more respectful and quiet manner. Whether he could resist the allure of exotic French women is a matter for his personal sanctity; however in French culture there are certain circles in which having a mistress is quite acceptable. Tell that to Madame Terry.
Stamford Bridge is approximately 2,700 miles away from the Russian city Makhachkala. That’s probably about as far away as he would have to go to stop getting booed by away fans. Home to FC Anzhi Makhachkala, the super-rich Russian team could offer John Terry a serious pay day and a safe haven to live out his playing career. By safe I mean safe from booing and abuse from the media, not safe as in physically safe because there is continuing armed conflict in the Republic of Dagestan, and armed guards present at Azhi’s home games.
The personnel at Anzhi do have some connections to Chelsea. Guus Hiddink, who now Managers Anzhi, had a positive spell at Chelsea. His presence may be enough to lure Terry to switch continents. Hiddink will be fully aware of Terry’s defensive capabilities and Terry himself could be keen to link up with a manager who he respects. Yuri Zhirkov also had some time at Chelsea and John Terry and he will be well acquainted.
The most likely destination for Terry, (if there is one) I feel, would be the ‘United States of Soccer’. American teams are keen to bolster their squads with quality, experienced, ex-premiership players heading towards the end of their career. While Lampard was linked with LA Galaxy in the summer, this too could be a potential destination for Terry. Terry will know Beckham from his international playing days and I’m sure the two playing together again would improve Galaxy’s squad.
An English speaking country, a new challenge and good pay could swing Terry into making a move to the states, and after all, American chicks dig an English accent.