John Terry Exclusive: Chelsea legend gives update on his future as Aston Villa and Bournemouth rumours swirl

John Terry is a free agent after leaving Chelsea
John Terry is a free agent after leaving Chelsea

John Terry is in no rush to make a decision over his future but has vowed to keep himself in top condition in case a tempting offer comes up.

The 36-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Chelsea this summer after spending 22 trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking exclusively to Yahoo Sport UK, Terry confirmed he is yet to make a decision over where his future lies next season.

Media speculation has linked the ex-England skipper with moves to the MLS, Chinese Super League, Bournemouth and most recently Aston Villa.

He was pictured playing golf in Portugal with Villa manager Steve Bruce and his son Alex on Friday, leading to the link with the Championship club.

Terry signed off in style by lifting the Premier League title
Terry signed off in style by lifting the Premier League title

As the curtain came down on his Chelsea career, the captain, leader, legend told reporters his west London farewell could be the final time he laced up the boots.

However, Terry is reluctant to let go and wants to keep his options open during the summer transfer window.

“I’m enjoying Portugal, spending time with the family and just switching off really from the summer and everything,” Terry told Yahoo Sport UK at the Asmir Begovic Foundation charity golf day.

“But you never say never. I’m still training every day and I’m in the gym every evening.

“I’m on the football pitch in Portugal or running on the roads just keeping myself fit in case anything comes up that interests me.”

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Terry is weighing up his options this summer
Terry is weighing up his options this summer

Terry jetted back to the UK from his holiday in Quinta do Lago on Sunday night to take part in the Begovic golf day and a further event on Tuesday.

He is understood to be flying back to the Algarve later this week to resume his break and consider his options further.

Begovic, who has also left Chelsea this summer, is heading for Bournemouth and would like to see Terry follow him to the Cherries.

“If he fancies Bournemouth it would be great to have him there,” Begovic added.

“He’s a great player and a great guy as well, so from that point of view it would be really, really good.

“He’s obviously the best defender ever in the Premier League. He’s a legend at Chelsea and he deserves the right to make the right decision for himself and his family.

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Terry has vowed to keep himself in top condition
Terry has vowed to keep himself in top condition

“I hope he does whatever is right for him and he’s happy with the decision, and I wish him all the best for the future.”

Terry was speaking at Burhill Golf Club after taking part in the Asmir Begovic Foundation’s charity golf day.

The foundation helps to build recreational areas for children to play in both here in the UK and in the goalkeeper’s home country of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

For further information follow the Asmir Begovic Foundation on Twitter @AB_Fdn 

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