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Chelsea and John Terry announced that the Blues skipper would be leaving the club at the end of the season, after a 22-year career with the Blues.

And former Blues coach Ray Wilkins has tipped Terry to join West Ham, claiming he would love a return to east London.

“It is the end of an era. John has got legendary status at Chelsea and quite rightly so,” Wilkins told talkSPORT.

“He’s been an absolute star there and it will be chewing him up inside that he hasn’t been able to play.

“He absolutely adores Chelsea, he loves to play for Chelsea.

“He has this burning desire to play football and it’ll be chewing him up that he hasn’t been able to put his boots on and perform.

“He’s a great guy and a great leader of men – there’ll be loads of clubs queuing up for his signature.

“John is a big family man, so I would certainly say China is out. America might be an option, but I’d like to see John stay in the Premier League.

“I think he’s still got so much to offer.

“No one has mentioned West Ham. They have been conceding goals left, right and centre and John being an East End boy, that might be a nice fit.

“But whether he’d go to another London club is another question. One thing’s for sure, whoever gets him will be getting a proper footballer.

“I’m sure wherever John goes he will be a force within that side, there’s no two ways about it.”

John Terry began his youth career at West Ham in 1995 before being snapped up by Chelsea’s academy as a 14-year-old.

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