Bilic responds when asked if West Ham could sign Terry after Chelsea revelation
By Will Butcher
Slaven Bilic has failed to rule out a West Ham move for Chelsea skipper John Terry after the veteran defender confirmed he will leave the Blues.
Chelsea confirmed on their official website that the 36-year-old would leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, with his contract set to expire in less than three months.
Speaking to Sky Sports News on Tuesday, Hammers boss Bilic stated “never say never” when asked about potentially signing Terry, but did state that he has plenty of quality at centre-back.
“He definitely still has couple of years left. Every club will think about John Terry, there are not many leaders like him. But then again we have experience in that position, and plenty of quality in that position,” Bilic said.
“I don’t think that it is the end of John Terry’s career. Never say never, but to be fair I’m not thinking about that [signing Terry] right now.”
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The Hammers currently have an abundance of centre-backs available to them, following the January transfer window signing of former Southampton captain Jose Fonte.
He joins the likes of Angelo Ogbonna, Winston Reid and James Collins as options at the back, while Reece Oxford remains on loan with Championship outfit Reading.
Terry has made just 10 first-team appearances all season, with Antonio Conte opting to remain consistent with a three-man defence of Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta.
With Nathan Ake and Kurt Zouma also vying for game time, former England captain Terry has decided to end his stay with the Blues but could remain in the Premier League.
West Ham are set to be active in the transfer market but it remains unclear if Bilic will be in charge after a dismal campaign that sees the Hammers sit in a lowly 13th place.