STOKE CITY BOSS ADMITS HE’D LOVE TO HAVE TERRY IN HIS SQUAD

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John Terry’s 22-year-old romance with Chelsea is set to come to an end this season, as the Chelsea skipper has announced that he won’t extend his contract with Chelsea.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes wasn’t shy to show his interest in the 36-year-old.

Hughes said: “John’s got to move somewhere, he’s someone I know very well but I think there would be a lot of interest in him.

“Whether or not we’d be able to present anything to John that would make him think, I don’t know, I haven’t had that conversation.

“But we spoke briefly and had a word after the Chelsea game here this year and had a laugh and a joke about things about where his future lies – whether that constitutes me personally asking about his future, I don’t know.

“From what I’ve seen of him and when he’s been involved, you’re not just getting John Terry the player, you’re getting John Terry the leader and the individual as well.

“He’s got a lot of experience that he can impart so someone will benefit from that.

“John’s got the intention of playing for another two or three more years and why wouldn’t he? You’re a long time retired so I always say play as long as you’re capable.

“I played until I was nearly 39 and I still regret it because I still probably could have got another contract somewhere else if I’d have carried on playing.”

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