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Chelsea legend leads the way in Chinese Super League summer spending spree

Chelsea defender John Terry is reportedly top of the list for Chinese Super League clubs this summer as he is expected to leave England.

The veteran centre-half will see his contract with the Stamford Bridge outfit expire at the end of the season, with suggestions that no new deal will present itself despite the two parties continuing discussions between now and the summer.

In turn, Sven-Goran Eriksson has shared his belief that the 35-year-old would be a welcome addition to the CSL and backs the move to materialise in the coming months.

“There is a lot of talk about John Terry in China. He has been one of the greatest defenders in the world for the last 15 years,” he told The Sun.

“He is still doing very well and has a lot to offer. He is one of the most recognisable players in world football.

“Chinese teams are looking for these big players. Great teams need great leaders.

“They do not come much better than John Terry. With his skill, his experience, he would be great in China, I have no doubt about that.”

According to the report, a move to China could net the defender £20m in just one season as a whole host of clubs have been splashing out significant money to attract the marquee names from Europe.

Eriksson, who is currently in charge at Shanghai SIPG, has predicted that the CSL will only improve and grow in terms of quality and popularity in the coming years, and has hailed China as a great place to live and to play football.

Given the level of investment currently being made, it is difficult to disagree with the former England boss, and Terry may well join the likes of Alex Teixeira, Jackson Martinez and Ezequiel Lavezzi in the future as well as former Chelsea teammate Ramires who made the switch earlier this month.

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