John Terry might land on his feet after all in a mega-deal with the Chinese Super League as the Chelsea legend is poised to sign a massive deal to leave Stamford Bridge and take his talents to the Far East.
According to the Independent, Terry is closing in on a deal with an unspecified Chinese club for £12 million – or £500,000-a-week this calendar year. The 35-year-old Chelsea captain will not be re-signing with the team after they refused to offer him a new deal, and was expected to move to the United States, Middle East or China to continue playing football.
Terry became a popular figure in China this past summer when he visited the country on a promotional trip for the sport.
The Chinese Super League has taken to spending huge sums on Europe’s top talents this past year, collectively spending an estimated £200 million on foreign players including Ramires, Jackson Martinez, Alex Teixeira and Obafemi Martins.
Despite seeing former teammates Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips earn major deals in Major League Soccer as “designated players,” all 20 MLS clubs opted to pass on giving Terry DP-status, meaning he could only earn around £5,000-a-week if he signed as a regular player.
Assuming the money is real, Terry will be earning around 100-times as much as he would have made on a normal player contract in MLS.
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