Hiddink sees no change in Terry; labels China as ‘big threat’

Date published: Friday 5th February 2016 3:49

John Terry: Set for a 'new role'

John Terry: Set for a 'new role'

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink insists he sees no change in John Terry’s approach to training since the revelation he won’t be offered a new deal by the club at the end of the season.

Terry revealed this week that his long association with the club looks likely to come to an end and that he is weighing up offers to play abroad with the USA, the Middle East or China possible destination.

But Hiddink explained why Terry remains as focused as ever and he believes the player will continue to give his all to the Blues.

While Chelsea maintain Terry could still be offered a new deal, Hiddink accepts the lure of China represents a real danger to

The emergence of China and the financial clout is “a concern” for Hiddink, who has had discussions with the football hierarchy there.

He said: “It’s a concern. It shows China is very serious to get into international football and the recognition of the football world.

“It’s relatively easy to bring in big money and to buy star players, but it’s equally important for China, for the development of Chinese football, to bring in very high qualified people to educate.

“In my opinion, you cannot just buy with a lot of money big star players and think you have grounded Chinese football.

“I know from their side, even from high-ranked government people, they are having a very serious approach towards Chinese football.

“That’s a step in the direction that will not be profitable tomorrow, but it will be in future years.”

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