Juve man the latest rumoured JT successor for Chelsea

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Replacing John Terry at Chelsea is going to be difficult for whoever is in charge at Stamford Bridge next season and it’s going to take a lot for Blues fans to get over losing a club legend.

The 35-year-old, who made his 700th appearance for his boyhood club in his most recent outing against Paris Saint-Germain, is set to end his 21 -year-stay with the west Londoners as they are not looking to renew his contract.

Moving forward in his career will be a challenge for the former England captain, but that is something he will surely get over quickly when the money from China or USA comes calling.

For Chelsea, they face the tougher task of replacing their ‘captain, leader, legend’ and finding someone to fill JT’s shoes is going to require a lot of thought.

Whoever is in the Stamford Bridge dugout next season will need to find a defender with the experience, quality and leadership skills of Terry in order to fill in the sizeable hole.

According to The Telegraph, Antonio Conte believes Leonardo Bonucci is the man to step in and the Italy manager will bring his compatriot with him if he gets employed by Roman Abramovich.

Pep Guardiola called the Juventus man one of his favourite players after his Bayern Munich side were held to a 2-2 draw against the Serie A giants in the first leg of their Champions League tie.

The 28-year-old defender’s partnership with Giorgio Chiellini has been nicknamed the Italian Wall due to their solidity and Bonucci definitely has the defensive expertise to replace Terry.

Throughout his career, the former Inter man has picked up five Serie A titles, three Italian Super Cups, one Coppa Italia and has finished as a runner up in the Champions League.

Clearly Bonucci has the winning mentality that Chelsea would need to invest in to improve on this season’s poor performance.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.