The newly appointed manager of the Shanghai based club reportedly wants to make the Chelsea captain his first signing at the club.

The lone survivor of Chelsea’s old guard, John Terry, could be on his way to China according to reports in England. In an exclusive, English newspaper Evening Standard have claimed Shanghai Shenhua’s new boss Gus Poyet is exploring the possibility of bringing the English defender to the Chinese Super league club.

Gus Poyet was a team-mate of John Terry during his spell at Chelsea in the early 2000s, and as such, knows the defender inside out having shared the dressing room together for almost three years.

The newspaper suggests the 35-year-old centre-back is willing to relocate to China depending upon the contract package, though his first preference remains to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea’s English defender John Terry gestures during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on November 5, 2016. Chelsea won the game 5-0. (Photo courtesy – GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

John Terry had previously expressed his desire to continue playing for another couple of years, either at Chelsea or somewhere abroad.

While the intricacies of the contract to be offered to Terry by Shanghai Shenhua is not known, it is nonetheless expected he will be offered a drastic rise from his current earnings of £50,000-a-week.

The defender was offered an one year contract extension by Chelsea towards the end of last season, but there have been no indications of a new extension ever since Antonio Conte took charge.

Terry’s current contract ends in June 2017, which enables him to talk with other clubs in the January window, with teams from America and Turkey also said to be interested in acquiring his services.

John Terry’s 20 year long association with his boyhood club does look likely to be coming to an end very soon, after the defender fell behind in the pecking order under Conte’s reign. As such, a final payday to end his career may turn out to be too tempting to turn down for the legendary captain.

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