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Chelsea skipper Terry closing in on La Liga move as talks begin?

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Champions League victory aside, it has been a controversial and forgettable couple of years for former England and Chelsea captain John Terry.

The 31-year-old Chelsea defender has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent months and is currently serving a four match ban after being found guilty of racial abuse directed towards  QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Jeered by opposing fans at which ever grounds he visits he has quickly turned from an England defensive stalwart to a national figure of hate from all those outside of Chelsea Football Club.

So while many will have raised a surprised eyebrow when the Daily Mirror linked him with a shock move to Valencia this January, an escape route to the warm and forgiving climates of Spain is one that is bound to be a cause of consideration.

Lying in ninth place, Los Che have had an indifferent start to the season and are said to moving in on a deal to take Terry to the Mestalla.

According to IFA agent Francois Gallardo, the possibility of Terry leaving Stamford Bridge is very real after he claimed that the defender has been offered an 18-month contract, with an option for another year.

Gallardo told Radio Intereconomia: “Valencia are negotiating, and I am involved in person, with the signing in the winter transfer market.

“The offer is on his table. The player is out of contract in June and will not renew there for several reasons at Chelsea and he wants to come to Spain.”

“It’s real. This has been going on for 15 days and two meetings have already taken place. The deal is already on his table – a year and a half plus one. I think he will accept.”

Gallardo added: “Terry has problems. They are insulting him and he is not taking it anymore. He asked to leave, not us.”

If he does move, Terry would become the first Englishman to don the colours of Valencia in the clubs illustrious history.

And while browsing various Valencia forums there are understandable concerns about his personality, the majority are in little doubt that, solely from a playing point of view, this is an opportunity that should not be passed up by the club.

Chelsea officials have been quick to quash rumours of Terry’s impending Stamford Bridge departure, with a club spokesman telling Press Association the claims were “nonsense”, however, with Terry currently enduring the most difficult phase of his career, a switch to the east coast of Spain is sure to appear tempting.

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