DOHA: John Terry is a “big name” player who would attract interest from several club sides in Qatar, his former Chelsea teammate Gianfranco Zola said on Thursday.
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”.