Arsenal legend Tony Adams convinced John Terry that China is the perfect landing for the former Chelsea captain.
Terry is expected to leave Aston Villa this summer after losing the Championship play-off final to Fulham.
In an interview with The Sun, Adams said Terry would be ideal for a move to Chinese Super League.
“Come and join me in China,” Adams said when talking about Terry.
He added: “I was ready and I’d been at one club but John has a different version.
“I wanted to go five minutes too early rather than five minutes too late.
“His experience would see him do a job at a club, for sure.”
Adams is now a consultant for several Chinese clubs after managerial spells at Wycombe, Portsmouth, Qabala and Granada