John Terry seems certain to have played his last game for Chelsea after being sent off in the last minute of the Blues’ 3-2 loss to Sunderland.
The red card marked an inauspicious end to a glittering career with the Stamford Bridge side, with no contract on offer for the veteran centre-half next season.
Terry has previously implied that he will look to move abroad for the 2016/17 campaign, but Black Cats manager Sam Allardyce was in little doubt that the 35-year-old can still slice through the coarse-grain in the English top flight.
‘It’ll not be his last game in the Premier League, because somebody else will take him if he wants to stay here,’ the Sunderland supremo expostulated.
The bwin odds makers evidently agree, making Terry just 1/2 to remain in the division, next to 6/4 that he leaves it behind for other climes.
But there is a way of both staying AND going that represents a particularly pleasing scenario for a player rather unceremoniously ushered out of Chelsea given his lengthy and valiant service.
Moving to a Major League Soccer club would allow him the possibility of returning to a Premier League club keen to harness his class and experience on loan in the overlapping gaps between the American league’s campaigns.
Such a move offered Frank Lampard, another mainstay of the most successful period in Stamford Bridge history shown the door before he was ready, a chance to return to England with Manchester City.
Lampard was far more than a bit part player too, playing 38 times in all competitions and scoring eight times, to leave those at Chelsea unwilling to extend his deal by a year in little doubt as to his continued efficacy.
With Martin Demichelis’ future unclear, Vincent Kompany set to miss the start of next season and both Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi consistent only in their inconsistency, an Etihad loan switch from an MLS base could make sense for City too.