John Terry says he may be ready to leave the UK if Chelsea fail to table an new contract offer for the Blues captain.
The Chelsea legend, out of contract at the end of next season, has spoken more frankly than ever about leaving the club he has starred for since 1998, and captained for over a decade.
Speaking for perhaps the first time about moving on from the Blues after his contract ends, the imperious centre half said “I'd love to stay. I don't want to talk out of turn, but I'd love to stay at Chelsea.
“If that's not the case, I have got another year left which I will honour and respect, regardless if it's a yes or a no.
"Naturally it would be disappointing, but at the same time you understand that you can't be around forever. Where I would go after that it certainly wouldn't be in England. I couldn't do that to Chelsea or the fans. That's just not me.
"It might be another year, or another two, I don't know. It depends on my fitness and me staying in a good enough condition to impress the guys who make those decisions.”
Asked if he would be a Chelsea player next season, the Blues' captain said: "Yes, I've got another year left and I'll definitely be here next year.”
And questioned on whether he would object to being left out of the new Chelsea boss' first team, the former England captain said simply of that possibility: "I'll be back on the bench.”
Meanwhile, it is understood Terry would accept a return to the England fold if invited by boss Roy Hodgson.
Sources close to the Blues star said he would be interested in a return, dependent on who was involved in the England set-up.