Harry Redknapp has confirmed Birmingham City have made a ‘good offer’ to former England captain John Terry, who is available on a free transfer.
Terry ended his 22-year association with Chelsea at the end of last season, when he made an emotional farewell upon the expiry of his contract. The 36-year-old will be considered one of the greatest servants to the club of all time, and has an honours list which includes five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, a UEFA Champions League and a UEFA Europa League.
Rather than hang up his boots after a terrific career, the defender is keen to continue for at least another season. West Bromwich Albion are prepared to offer him another year in the Premier League, and Aston Villa would love him to lead them out of the Championship next season. But it appears the first confirmed offer has come from the Blues, who now await his decision.
“I’d love to have him at the football club,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “He’s a fantastic captain and great leader. We’ve made him a good offer and we have done the best we can. It’s up to John now, but we would love him at Birmingham. I had a chat with him and said to him come in – he’s doing his coaching badges – have a year or two and who knows what he wants to do in the future?”
Terry is also expected to receive offers from the United States and clubs in China, the latter of which would present the most lucrative salary. But both these options would also represent a drop in quality, and the legendary Stamford Bridge skipper – who also made 78 appearances for England – is likely to believe he still has what it takes to make an impact in his homeland.