English Premiership

Wilkins hints at John Terry move to United

John Terry and Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)
John Terry and Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

United Kingdom - Chelsea stalwart John Terry could ditch his boyhood club to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, according to former Blues coach Ray Wilkins.

The 35-year-old defender has been a one-club man his entire career, but has made just five appearances for the new-look west Londoners this season, partly due to an ankle injury.

Chinese Super League clubs have been credited with an interest in Terry, but Wilkins insisted that he doesn't "think China will be on John's radar."

The former England international is the last of Mourinho's old guard, and if new Blues boss Antonio Conte doesn't have a place for him, Wilkins has suggested that a certain Portuguese coach would be keen to reunite with his former skipper.

"What about Old Trafford? He's not playing for Chelsea but I think he still has plenty to offer," Wilkins told talkSPORT. "There will be someone out there who would love to have him."

Mourinho has been a divisive figure in his time at Old Trafford, with recent bust-ups a sea change from the cosy mentorship he once gave to Chelsea stars like a young Terry.

A switch to Manchester, as Wilkins seems to suggest, would be unprecedented for a local legend with unambiguous loyalties, and would seem a retroactive move on Mourinho's part, but we'll have to wait and see if anything transpires.