Gus Poyet insists he was “100 per cent sure” John Terry was ready to move to the Chinese Super League – but admits it is unlikely now.
Former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder Poyet is in charge of far eastern side Shanghai Shenhua – who are seventh in the league.
Clubs in the Super League are only allowed to play three foreign players in matches after major rule changes.
According to Poyet, who played with Terry at the Blues, Chinese clubs are now searching for big money strikers to help fill stadiums rather than defenders.
Terry announced last month that he will be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season – after making over 700 appearances since his debut in 1998.
But ex-Sunderland chief Poyet believes Terry’s chances of moving to China have been cooled – with Bournemouth, West Brom and a series of MLS sides all trailing the former England skipper.
Poyet told Talksport : “If you asked me in December before they changed the rules, I would have said straight away he was coming [to China]. I was 100 per cent sure. No doubt.
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“But with the new system, it is special to buy a defender. The mentality has changed a lot because they [Chinese teams] are looking for players to make the difference up front – the ones that are going to bring people to the stadium.”
Centre back Terry played 90 minutes for the Blues against Watford on Monday night – where he grabbed an early goal.
Terry admitted on Sky: “I’ve still not ruled out Sunday being my last game.
“Genuinely I haven’t made any decisions yet and I’m just evaluating my options.”
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