Gianfranco Zola has refused to rule out signing John Terry to his Qatari club in the near future, the Mirror reports.
The Chelsea defender is into the final year of his contract, and it is under question as to whether he will be offered an extension.
Terry has shared the centre-back position with Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill this season, with the trio all having started seven league games each, although the young Frenchman has operated at full-back in one of those games to cover for the injured Branislav Ivanovic.
The former England captain played in every second of last season’s title winning campaign, but was left out in the key game against Arsenal recently, leading to claims his importance has lessened this term.
Chelsea publicly chased Everton’s John Stones, and with such efforts to sign a replacement for Terry, this could well be his last year with the club.
Zola is refusing to rule out a move to bring him to Qatar however, claiming it was a ‘possibility’.
He said: “John Terry is a big player and Al Arabi is interested in big players so we will see what happens.
“There is a chance because it is one of the places where people want to go. The quality of life is very high here.
“There are clubs that pay well for the players to come so I wouldn’t be surprised if I see John Terry playing in this country maybe next year, maybe in two years I don’t know exactly when.
“The connection is easy, me and John played together and have a very high opinion of each other so it comes quite natural to do that.
“I cannot say that it is impossible because you never know. I can tell you there are no contacts right now, that’s for sure.
“We will see because right now we are just month and a half into the season and I am very happy that I am coaching so I didn’t even think about changing anybody. But in the future we will see. It could be one possibility.”