Frank Lampard: This defender must not join Tottenham
By Dominic Toner
Frank Lampard has joked that Chelsea captain John Terry could play for any team in the Premier League in the future, but joining Tottenham would ruin his legendary status.
The 36-year-old is the longest-serving playing at Stamford Bridge and has gone on to win 16 major trophies since graduating through the club’s academy.
The ex-England international is currently watching on from the bench this campaign as Chelsea cruise to the Premier League title under Antonio Conte.
The centre-back has made just 10 senior appearances this season and his contract is set to expire in the summer.
Chelsea idol Lampard has urged his former team-mate to make a decision regarding his future immediately and believes fans will support his next move, as long as he doesn’t join bitter rivals Spurs.
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“I know whatever he does, unless he signs for Tottenham, he’ll be a legend!,” Lampard told the Evening Standard. “He wouldn’t do that but he needs to make his decision now whether that is play in the Premier League, go abroad, go into management. It’s his decision and I think every Chelsea fan will respect that.”
There will surely be a number of top-flight clubs interested in Terry if he is to continue playing next season, but it’s hard to imagine Spurs being interested in the signature of the veteran defender.
Mauricio Pochettino already has a great defensive set-up at White Hart Lane, with the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier and Kevin Wimmer as centre-back options.
Chelsea and Spurs have enjoyed some fierce matches over the years, including the ‘battle of the bridge’ last season when an Eden Hazard equaliser handed Leicester the league title.
However, the north London club managed to get their revenge this season with a 2-0 win at White Hart Lane, courtesy of a Dele Alli brace.
In other Tottenham news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the club’s upcoming clash against Everton.