Chelsea legend hints at Stamford Bridge return after cancelling ‘farewell match’

Could John Terry be back at Chelsea next year after all of the controversy surrounding his departure? It certainly could be if his latest decision is any indication.

According to the Telegraph, Terry has cancelled his ‘farewell match’ at Stamford Bridge today – mere days after being offered a new one-year deal to return to Chelsea for the 2016-17 season. Terry had originally planned the match with his friends to take place at the stadium to close out his career in England. Per the source, however, Terry is still considering the offer, which allegedly includes a significant pay cut and reduced role on the pitch, as well as a lucrative offer to play in the Chinese Super League.

Terry announced earlier this year that he had not been offered a new deal with Chelsea when his contract expired at the end of the year, prompting the 35-year-old defender to announce his departure from the club. However, teams have not been lining up to sign Terry the way they have for his former teammates Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole, and Terry recently began lamenting his imminent departure from the club.

During the 26th minute of Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Leicester City on Sunday, fans began cheering and raising signs that read “Terry 26” as the longtime Blues captain sat in the stands due to a red card ban.

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