Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Terry Prices Himself out of Brighton Move; but Ex-Chelsea Skipper Has Other Options in Premier League as He Demands Ps100,000 a Week

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Terry Prices Himself out of Brighton Move; but Ex-Chelsea Skipper Has Other Options in Premier League as He Demands Ps100,000 a Week

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent EXCLUSIVE

BRIGHTON have withdrawn their interest in former Chelsea captain John Terry over his wage demands for PS100,000 a week.

Terry is available as a free agent after ending his 22-year association with the champions.

The 36-year-old is leaning towards playing for another Premier League club and newly promoted Brighton were among a number of top-flight sides to show an interest.

But Standard Sport understands Brighton have pulled out of the race to sign him after Terry asked for PS100,000 a week.

It is believed Terry's basic salary in his final season at Chelsea had dropped to PS50,000 a week, although there were a number of add-ons depending on appearances, wins and trophies to increase that figure.

Stoke, West Brom, Swansea and Bournemouth remain keen on the centre-half, who hopes to play regular first-team football after having only a limited role last term.

Staying in England looks far more likely now than at the start of the year. The chance to secure a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League became more remote due to a new rule this season limiting clubs to just three foreign players on the pitch at any one time. Following Chelsea's defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup Final 10 days ago, Terry revealed he would decide his future during a week's holiday and hinted joining a Premier League team was a possibility.

He said: "Obviously, clubs are going to be making decisions as well, so they are going to want to know.

"I always have a week off and then get back on it in the gym running, to be professional enough to be 100 per cent right for the club if I do decide that route, or whatever I decide.

"I don't think you can ever tarnish what I've done here [at Chelsea]. I think the fans, whatever I decide, will support me and accept my decision. …

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