Zola says several Qatar clubs interested in Terry

Reuters

The Italian was speaking publicly for the first time since his current side -- Al-Arabi -- was linked to the Chelsea captain following Terry's  announcement last month that he would leave the English champions at the end of the season.

But Zola said it would not only be his team in the Gulf who would want to sign the potential free agent Terry.

"When we talk about John Terry, we are talking about a big player, big name and I believe a player of this stature is not of interest only for the team, but also for the whole league," said Zola at a Doha press conference.

"I believe the Qatari league is a league that wants to grow bigger so I believe there might be interest not only from Al-Arabi but there might be interest from all the Qatari league."

Terry, 35, announced at the end of January that he would leave the London club in the summer when his contract expires, claiming there would be no "fairytale ending".

However, Chelsea have also held out some hope to the centre-half that they may offer him a new deal "in the coming months".

Terry is just three games away from playing his 700th match for Chelsea in a career stretching back to October 1998 when he made his debut against Aston Villa.

In that time, Terry has won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the 2012 Champions League and the 2013 Europa League.

At the beginning of his career he played alongside Zola, who appeared for Chelsea more than 200 times. 

Both players were in the squad which won the FA Cup in 2000 and the side that secured a top four finish for Chelsea, coached by Claudio Ranieri, in 2002/03.


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