London - Former
Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly has called on John Terry to leave the
Blues in order to find first team opportunities after the 36-year-old
lost his place in Antonio Conte's side.
Chelsea's long-standing captain has struggled for game time so far
this season, making just five Premier League appearances as the Blues
made their way to the top of the standings.
Speaking to Sportsmail, Ghanaian-born defender Dessailly -
who was a key member of France's dominant team of the late 1990s/early
2000s - likened Terry's situation to his own when he left Chelsea for
Qatari club Al-Gharafa in 2004.
"I left because they were faster than me, better than me and it was
my time to go - their time to shine - and now it is his time," Desailly
"It is great to see that he has been able to handle it. You are the
captain, you have been put to the side a bit because other players are
more suited for the tactics required, but you are still there present,
you are still there focused.
"You remind one of the players when he is not training well 'Oh, what
are you doing?' so these are the small important details that John is
going over. I am happy because it is a different phase for John, leader
as a first choice but also leader as a second choice. He is there to
boost and to be present in the group so it is a different approach of
"He is good because he gives a lot of pressure to the first choice
that Conte has selected, Kurt Zouma or Gary Cahill. When you have John
Terry on the bench I can tell you that when you come on the pitch and
you want to perform because you know that he can change you out of the
team at any time."
Terry's current contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the
season and the former England captain has been linked with moves to the
MLS and the Chinese Super League.
The Blues travel to Turf Moor on Sunday to face Burnley in a English Premiership clash with Terry likely to remain on the sidelines after Conte's men continue their formidable march to the league title.
Kick off is at 15:30.