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John Terry to consider offers from China after leaving Chelsea

John Terry is ready to consider lucrative playing offers in China and America, as well as Europe, after Chelsea announced that their most successful captain to date would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Terry, 36, has helped inspire Chelsea to 14 major trophies, including the Champions League and four Premier League titles during his 19 first-team seasons at the club.

However, under Antonio Conte, the centre-back has made just 10 appearances this season, most of which are in cup competitions.

An offer to return to Chelsea in the future for a non-playing role has already been outlined but Terry still wants to seek a new on-field challenge.

There has already been strong interest from Shanghai Shenhua, where his former team-mate Gus Poyet is the head coach.

Sources in England reveal that Terry could earn as much as £20 million in a single season in China, where he famously visited Guangzhou in the summer of 2015 as part of what was called the “JT Captain China Tour”.

Major League Soccer, where former England teammates Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham have all ended their careers.

Terry’s departure is hugely symbolic and represents the end of an era at Chelsea, where he has been the dominant dressing-room figure throughout the entire Roman Abramovich period.

The Englishman is third on the club’s all-time appearance list with 713 games and has also captained Chelsea a record 578 times.