Swansea City boss Paul Clement has conceded that he will have talks with Chelsea legend John Terry in a bid to bring him to the Liberty Stadium next season
As Chelsea prepare a trophy-laden send-off for club legend John Terry, Paul Clement is having his eyes fixated on a potential change of scenery to the Welsh coast for the Blues legend, according to the BBC.
The boss who arrived in January following the sacking of Bob Bradley, who himself was only two months into the job, has been responsible for turning around the Swans’ campaign with a remarkable second half of the season that saw them rise out of the relegation zone and seal safety with a game left to play.
And as they approach the business end of the campaign, the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich assistant coach is already setting his sights on possible targets that will help strengthen his squad for a better finish next time around.
John Terry is seemingly up on Clement’s list as the Englishman looks to bring in some much needed experience to the Swans’ backline.
Speaking to the BBC, Clement said,”I don’t know his thinking, whether he is going to carry on. I will have a conversation with him, I’ve known him a long time.”
Terry has largely remained out of favour for Chelsea this season and has been limited to sporadic appearances in the league and cup competitions. And with Conte looking out for potential reinforcements at the back like Leonardo Bonucci, the ex-England professional’s scope of first team opportunites was low.
While that maybe attributed to his age and lack of mobility in a back-three, Clement values the bags of experience that Terry brings with him and how his presence itself will be a valuable lift for the players in the dressing room.
That said, it’s still unclear whether the 36-year-old will continue playing or call it quits after his final few games with the Blues. But should he be available, Clement has made it clear that he’d like to sign the player. It’s not just Swansea though, as Bournemouth have also expressed their desire in signing Terry if the player is keen on continuing his professional career.
Incidentally Terry captained Chelsea to the FA Cup and Premier League double in Clement’s first season as assistant to then-manager Carlo Ancelotti in 2008-09. So the Swans boss would like to think he’d have the upper hand in securing the player’s loyalties.
Terry could be playing his final league game for Chelsea during Sunderland’s visit to the Bridge hence bringing the curtains down on a remarkable career that started off nearly two decades ago. There is, though, an FA Cup final to look forward to for the 36-year-old as he looks to add to a enviable haul of trophies.