John Terry moves closer to MLS move as Chelsea career set to finish

John Terry will not get his fairytale ending by retiring with Chelsea FC, it has today been revealed by the player, with a summer move to Major League Soccer now highly likely.

Terry has arguably been Chelsea’s most iconic player of all time. He has certainly been the club’s best leader, captaining the side to 16 major honours, but his 18-year career with the Blues will come to an end in June.

The 35-year-old centre-back revealed his contract will not be extended after leading the team to a 5-1 FA Cup win at MK Dons on Sunday afternoon.

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“It’s not going to be a fairytale, I’m not going to retire at Chelsea,” Terry said.

“The club will move on. No player is ever bigger than the club. Ideally I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction.”

At 35, Terry is in a position where retirement would make sense, but the four-time Premier League winner thinks he still has a couple more years left in him and wants to play for another club before ending his playing career.

He has ruled out a move to another Premier League team and that paves the way for an MLS move this summer, especially when you consider he has previously spoken of a desire to play in the USA.

When asked if he could play for another English club back in December, Terry responded by claiming America would be an attractive option so long as it would suit his family.

“No chance. America, maybe. But physically I feel like I can still play. Do I want to play? Of course I do. But then decisions come into it with your family. What if you go somewhere and it doesn’t work out? Everything else comes into play, doesn’t it?”

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There would be no shortage of interested parties if Terry does secure a move to MLS, though he would likely demand to be a Designated Player and that would rule a few sides out of the running.

It will be interesting to see if he signs a pre-contract agreement in the coming weeks, just as former England teammates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard did over the past couple of years, but for now the Blues captain will remain fully focused on his final months in a Chelsea shirt.

“My performance isn’t going to change – the way I train, what I give for the club. I want to give everything and finish on a high, on 100 per cent good terms with the club.”

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Steven Gerrard to leave LA Galaxy as Liverpool return looms – report

Steven Gerrard’s MLS adventure might be coming to a very abrupt end just four months after moving to the LA Galaxy as Liverpool are reportedly looking to bring back their talisman.

Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Anfield has seen the club change their outlook on Gerrard, who they watched leave after 18 years of service, as the German head coach wants to see the 35-year-old midfielder return “to define the standards of professionalism”, according to a report by the Independent.

The report claims Klopp has spoken to Gerrard on the phone “several times” since becoming Liverpool boss and wants him back on Merseyside to join the club for training at the very least, with a playing role a possibility.

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The Galaxy do not want to allow their Designated Player to go on loan to another club during the offseason and are also unlikely to want him training with another team.

That would probably mean Liverpool have to table a transfer offer to release Gerrard from the final 12 months of his Galaxy contract, should LA allow him to go.

The Galaxy crashed out of the playoffs at the first hurdle last week and Gerrard revealed after their exit that he was considering retirement in a year’s time. He also said he never anticipated the travel involved in MLS would present such a challenge as it did during his brief experience so far.

“It could be my last season as a footballer. I certainly don’t want to feel like I’m feeling right now come next year. I’d love to go out on a high,” he told reporters in Seattle last week.

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“Going on the road, playing on turf, playing at altitude, playing in humidity, those are the hurdles that I’ve had to face over the last three months that I wasn’t aware of. Every away game has a different challenge.”

It’s those challenges that might have changed Gerrard’s stance on playing out his final days across the pond. He will meet Jurgen Klopp in person early next week for the first time as negotiations over a permanent return to Anfield look to be high on the agenda.

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Taylor Twellman talks up future of U.S. soccer

Ex-international Taylor Twellman was at Craven Cottage to commentate on Friday night’s game as the USMNT suffered an agonising 2-1 defeat at the hands of Colombia thanks to a late winner from Teófilo Gutiérrez.

Despite the result, there were yet more positives to take from the performance of a nation that is growing in the game faster than any other has before.

In his programme notes, Twellman mentioned how Major League Soccer has “grown considerably” and that it would be “foolish to compare the league I played in when I returned in 2002 to what we see today”.

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[Taylor Twellman enjoyed a successful career with New England Revolution before retiring in 2010]

It’s another example of a well respected figure recognising the continuous evolution of soccer in the USA and how the game is only going to continue to push on for better things.

“Off the field, with stadia and fans, everything has evolved. With team expansion the game has grown a lot and that’s just in the years since I retired. For the USMNT to be successful, MLS has to be successful.

“Talking to players like Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and Tim Cahill, they will tell you how much the league has grown. It’s a great statement to see the likes of Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley returning to MLS as they’re in a great stage of their careers and playing on home soil, helping the growth.”

There is such a great feeling around soccer in the USA right now and it’s on a roller coaster journey that is heading in a very successful direction, so hold on to your hats everyone, because it’s not stopping anytime soon.

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