John Terry's glorious time at Chelsea has come to an end but not his career. The 36-year-old legend has made it clear that he is still "eager to carry on playing" and a number of clubs around the world will be ready to satisfy his wishes ahead of the 2017-2018 campaign.
The Major League Soccer or the Far East emerge as the most obvious destinations but West Bromwich Albion and Bournemouth are also said to be ready to give the Blues legend a chance to continue his career in the Premier League. Meanwhile, new Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp has tipped the England to follow the same footsteps of Petr Cech by making a shock move to Arsenal.
IBTimes UK analyses some of the options a day after Terry put himself in the market by announcing he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season following 22 years at Stamford Bridge.
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Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham or Thierry Henry already decided to have a last experience in America before hanging their boots. Terry's former teammates is Ashley Cole is already there alongside other European legends like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Andrea Pirlo or David Villa.
It looks also an attractive move for the Chelsea legend but ESPN is reporting that a source from the MLS claims none of the league's teams are willing to meet Terry's salary demands – as MLS club only can have three designated players.
Life in the Far East might not be as attractive as New York or LA but Oscar, Jon Obi Mikel and Ramires already made the move from Chelsea to the Chinese Super League in recent windows. Furthermore, Terry's high salary demands wouldn't be a problem for them.
Luiz Felipe Scolari reportedly tried to reunite with Terry at Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao in the past and, now that the defender is available, it could be the perfect time for the move.
Terry has only made 10 appearances for Chelsea during the 2015-2016 campaign but Tony Pulis last month revealed that he would still consider to sign him for West Brom in the coming summer transfer window if he became available – as it's now the case.
Yet, the Baggies boss will still need to think twice about the convenience of signing a veteran defender like Terry as he already has a 37-year-old centre-back in Gareth McAuley.
The Cherries were already linked with Terry during the January transfer window after they lost Nathan Ake to Chelsea. The move finally didn't happen but the summer could be a new opportunity for Eddie Howe's side.
Bournemouth have conceded 63 goals in the current season and the experience of the Chelsea legend could help them to ease those problems ahead of the 2017-2018 campaign. Yet, to tempt Terry, Howe needs first to ensure the Premier League survival in their last five games of the campaign.
Harry Redknapp was the one who last month urged Arsene Wenger to make a shocking move for the Chelsea legend in order to solve the lack of leaders at Arsenal.
Such a move looks very unlikely but no one expected to see Redknapp himself training either this season and Birmingham City have just appointed him as their new manager – only hours after Gianfranco Zola resigned.