Sam Allardyce has rejected rumours that Crystal Palace may be looking to sign John Terry in the summer. The Chelsea captain has confirmed his decision to leave the club, where he has become an icon, when his contract expires in the summer. After having spent more than 20 years at Chelsea, it is widely believed that the former England captain will not be signing for another English club. Terry has been taking his coaching badges, but he is expected to continue playing for another year or two. At 36 years of age, he still has the ability to perform in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace have seen a huge increase in form since bringing in Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool on a loan deal till the end of the season. Even if the French defender becomes available in the summer, Crystal Palace may struggle to afford him. Crystal Palace are being backed by Mansion Group, who are one of the biggest names in the online gambling business with sites like the popular Casino.com, and this sponsorship has aided the club in signing players like Christian Benteke in the summer. However, Sakho will cost in excess of £30 million apart from his wages of over £100,000 per week. In contrast, bringing Terry sounds as a great financial decision.
Yet, Allardyce has ruled out the possibility of signing Terry. This has opened up the doors for West Ham, who are believed to be one of the several Premier League teams interested in taking the defender. Allardyce says that Crystal Palace are well covered in this position due to the presence of players like Martin Kelly, Scott Dann, Damien Delaney, and James Tomkins.
Terry is widely expected to move to China or to the MLS in order to continue his playing days. Former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, though, said that Terry will not be able to make a significant progress with regard to his coaching badges unless he brings an end to his playing days.
Allardyce is aware that Crystal Palace do not have the option of retaining Mamadou Sakho, but he has now confirmed that the club will like to retain the services of the 27-year-old.