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Premier League boss hoping to lure in John Terry


By Phil Blanche

Swansea boss Paul Clement has again promised to speak to John Terry about his future plans, while insisting extensive summer surgery is not necessary after the club's brush with relegation.

Former England captain Terry is set to bring the curtain down on his distinguished Chelsea career in the champions' final Premier League game against Sunderland on Sunday.

Clement said last month that he plans to see if Terry wants to continue playing, saying Swansea would be interested in signing the 36-year-old were they to stay in the Premier League.

Swansea secured their safety last weekend and Clement - who worked with Terry during his time as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Chelsea - said: "I have not made the call (to Terry), I'm going to get this season done first.

"He has a lot on himself, he has a big game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and I'm sure he will get a wonderful send-off.

"I will have a conversation with him. I have known him a long time, but I don't know what his thinking is, whether he will carry on first of all.

"There has been talk this could be his last game, he could go on abroad or stay here (in the Premier League). That is all unsure at the moment."

Clement took charge of Swansea at the start of January with the club anchored at the foot of the table with 12 points from 19 games.

Swansea have since taken 26 points from 18 games, with their final match at home to West Brom on Sunday.

Clement will speak to Swansea's American owners next week about summer recruitment. But he echoed the views of chairman Huw Jenkins, who said on Monday that major changes to the playing staff were not necessary.

"I don't think a major overhaul is needed," Clement said. "If the club had been relegated and only picked up 12 points again in the second half of the season and had 24 points then maybe.

"But the players and the team improved a lot and we could be picking up 29 points from the second half of the season.

"Even if it had been 20 in the first half we would have had 49 points, and we would have been eighth or ninth in the league.

"Would people be saying then this team needs a major overhaul? The best ever position is around that for Swansea, so I agree with the chairman on that."

Meanwhile, Morgan Schneiderlin admits Everton's away form has to improve next season if they are to break into the Premier League's top six.

The French midfielder expects manager Ronald Koeman's summer recruitment to help close the gap, which is currently five points to a Manchester United side whose concentration on the Europa League final means they have coasted towards the end of the campaign.

Everton posted their best return at home since 1989-90 by amassing 43 points.

There is a stark difference on the road, though, with eight defeats meaning they have taken just 18 points from as many matches, with a trip to Arsenal on Sunday their final match.

"We look stronger at home but we need to progress away from home and hopefully next year we will do that to catch the team above us because there is not a lot of margin between us and the top six," Schneiderlin said.

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