Terry, whose current deal expires at the end of the season, has seen playing time restricted since Antonio Conte’s switch to a 3-4-3 formation – although he only recently returned from an injury lay-off.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is apparently plotting a move for the 36-year-old, with the Telegraph among those to suggest Terry could bolster the defence after Nathan Ake was recalled by the Blues.
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With Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta the preferred trio in Conte’s back three – and Kurt Zouma and now Ake potentially ahead in the pecking order – Terry may sign off his Blues career with only a handful more appearances.
Terry was sent off on his return to action at the weekend, lunging in as last man during the 4-1 win over Peterborough in the FA Cup third round.
It’s bold, but also surely pointless.
While the carrot of Premier League football would naturally tempt a player struggling for game time, how can you convince a one-club man (save for a short loan spell at Nottingham Forest) to move clubs? He will still get a chance in the FA Cup for Chelsea and may even be called upon when the Premier League title race gets nervy.
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