Stamford Bridge skipper to make Mestalla switch?
Comments made by an agent have led to Chelsea skipper John Terry being linked with a January move to Valencia.
A number of UK newspapers have picked up on the Fifa-accredited Francois Gallardo’s claim that he is involved in a deal to take Terry to the Spanish club on an 18-month contract with the option of an additional year.
He also suggested Terry, recently banned for four matches for racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, is unhappy and wants to move.
Gallardo told Spanish radio station Intereconomia: “Valencia are negotiating, and I am involved in person, with the signing in the winter transfer market.
“The offer is on his table. The player is out of contract in June (Terry’s contract expires in 2014) and will not renew there for several reasons at Chelsea and he wants to come to Spain.”
He added: “Terry has problems. They are insulting him and he is not taking it anymore. He asked to leave, not us.
“It’s real. This has been going on for 15 days and two meetings have already taken place.
“The deal is already on his table – a year-and-a-half plus one. I think he will accept.”
SOURCE: West London Sport
Whilst it seems plausible that John Terry could consider leaving Chelsea, and indeed the Premier League as a whole, given the negative publicity he has received in recent months as well as the threat of a new Blues contract being out of the question, it does seem gloriously random that La Liga side Valencia would then move in to sign the 31 year old.
Arguably Chelsea could afford to allow the veteran centre-back to leave, not just in terms of his questionable behaviour, but also in playing terms.
With Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic in Roberto Di Matteo’s squad there is a good chance that Chelsea could deal with the departure of a player who is perhaps past his peak.
The West London club have adopted a youthful transfer policy and have shown by allowing Didier Drogba to leave last summer and by their overall contractual stance on players over 30, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole set to see their current deals come to an end this summer, that Roman Abramovich is clearly looking to shed the club’s old-guard in favour of a brand new era.
Perhaps John Terry’s departure could help signal a move to a bright new future for the Stamford Bridge club?
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