Captain John Terry’s contract with Chelsea is set to expire this summer, and the veteran defender is being eyed by rival London club West Ham United to boost their chances of qualifying for the Champions League.
The 35-year-old spent 4 years as a youth player at West Ham United before moving to Chelsea in 1995. However Terry is staring at the end of his Blues career, with the club not interested in renewing his contract which ends in the summer. This means that the Hammers can offer Terry the chance to spend his twilight years at his boyhood club and they are reportedly looking to do just that.
As per reports in the Brentwood Gazette, West Ham United are weighing up a sensational summer swoop for Chelsea defender John Terry to help in their mission to challenge for a Champions League spot next season. Even former West Ham manager Harry Redknapp had earlier urged the club to sign the defender on a free transfer.
‘West Ham would be a good move for West Ham and John,’ he said, according to the Daily Mail. ‘He was at West Ham as a schoolboy.’
Home is where the heart is
John Terry has been playing in London throughout his professional career. Although, he has expressed his desire to move to the MLS and not play for a rival club, Chelsea’s high handedness in dealing with his exit from the club may cause him to rethink that decision.
John Terry has been a fixture at centre-back for the Blues since Jose Mourinho’s departure, and has been able to remain productive despite advancing age. His attributes as a leader and captain are also a boon for any club he plays for.
West Ham United’s Messiah
West Ham have been playing good football this season, which has seen them defeat the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. They are currently in seventh place, only seven points shy of the Champions League spot.
The ambitious London club had earlier announced that they would be making a marquee signing in the summer. A world class striker is top priority for them, but the Hammers definitely wouldn’t mind getting their hands on their former academy player. John Terry could bring the kind of experience and leadership that can add the extra push to their performance in the Premier League.