Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has revealed he will try to tempt out-going Chelsea captain John Terry into signing at Selhurst Park.
The 35-year-old announced following the 5-1 victory against MK Dons in the FA Cup fourth round that the Blues have notified him they will not offer him a new contract.
Speaking ahead of his side’s encounter with Bournemouth on Tuesday night, Pardew said he has failed to lure the former England skipper to join him on several occasions.
“I've bumped into John Terry on occasion and asked him many times to join me," the Eagles boss said.
“He always sniggers at the suggestion. Of course I will ask one more time. I'm sure I'll bump into him again and ask the question.”
Terry joined the Blues at the age of 14 and played 696 games for the club along the way to lifting four Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League with the Blues. He says he will look abroad for new employers, however, out of loyalty to Chelsea.
“It’s my last run in the FA Cup so I want to make it a good one,” said Terry after the Blues FA Cup match at stadium:mk. “It’s a big season for me and I want to push on, not just in this competition but in the Premier League as well. I knew before the Arsenal game [that my contract was not to be renewed] so mentally I’ve kind of accepted it. We just have to move on.
“The club said that when the new manager comes in [during the summer], things might change. I needed to know now like I have done every January, and sometimes it takes a couple of months to get done. Unfortunately it was a no [from the club]. It’s not going to be a fairytale ending, I’m not going to retire at Chelsea, it’s going to be elsewhere.”