By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
John Terry is likely to play in the MLS next season, according to former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins.
Terry dropped the bombshell on Sunday night that he has been informed by the Premier League club that his contract will not be extended beyond the summer.
The 35-year-old has no intention of retiring and says his plan is to continue playing for a number of years.
Asked what the future might hold for Terry, ex-Chelsea captain Wilkins told Sky Sports News on Sunday night: “His dear friend Ashley Cole’s just moved to LA Galaxy, Steven Gerrard’s there, Frank Lampard is in New York. It will be the MLS, the Middle East or the Far East,
“China are coming to the fore massively with the financial situation in football. Who knows where John will go? It will probably be the MLS, if it is not going to be in England.”
Terry revealed he will follow another one-club stalwart Steven Gerrard by ruling out a switch to a rival Premier League club.
“No. I couldn’t do that to the Chelsea fans,” he explained. “I couldn’t play for another Premier League club. It will be elsewhere for sure. I don’t know where and I leave that to the people in charge. It certainly won’t be in the Premier League.
“I feel as though I’m in great nick, I’m playing great and I’ve got a couple of years to go. It’ll just be elsewhere.”
Terry’s departure from Stamford Bridge in the summer will end a 21-year association with the club, which began when he joined from West Ham as a 14-year-old.