Monday, October 22, 2012

John Terry, Frank Lampard & Ashley Cole set to quit Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry could leave Stamford Bridge as early as next summer with the club not prepared to renew his current contract.

Terry’s deal expires in 2014 but with fellow 30-some things Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole heading for the Blues’ exit door Terry could be tempted to hasten his exit and head for the MLS at the end of the season.

According the Sunday People the decision to let Terry leave is due to the board’s concerns over the 31-year-old defender’s fitness and not his four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

LA Galaxy will try again to lure Lampard to the club in January, with the midfielder out of favour and in the last year of his contract.

Lampard started on the bench in the 4-2 win at Tottenham on Saturday with Ramires and John Obi Mikel again preferred.

MLS commissioner Don Garber previously insisted there would be no shortage of suitors were Lampard to make it known he wanted to end his career in America.

Garber said: ‘Frank Lampard’s a great player. He has a great history with the sport. If he decides he wants to play in Major League Soccer, I’m sure any club would be happy to have him on their roster.’

Garber was speaking at the Leaders in Football Conference at Stamford Bridge and asked if he would exploit that opportunity, he joked: ‘I’ll go into the locker room and see if I can chat him up.’

Cole is also set to leave at the end of the season as he is not prepared to sign a one-year contract. Paris Saint-Germain are leading the race for his signature.

Culled from Daily Mail

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