Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has talked about a possible switch to the Qatari League for John Terry before, but those seemed like far off plans at the time. Now, with both club and player seemingly intent on going their separate ways at the end of the season after over two decades together, Zola's words could be carrying more weight. Here he is again, talking up the Qatari League as a potential destination for the Chelsea captain.
"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 a team, but also for the whole league. 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."
-Gianfranco Zola; source: Sky Sports via Evening Standard
Zola-managed Al-Arabi are well off the pace in 5th in the Qatar Stars League, recording just their first win in five games last weekend. They could use help at either end of the pitch, though whether John Terry truly is the high profile name to bring success not only on the field but off of it as well is up for debate. Especially if Qatar has to enter into a bidding war with China (or a location war with MLS) for the 35-year-old's services.