Terry, 36, has made only nine appearances this season and played just six minutes of Premier League football since mid-September.

The Chelsea captain is out of contract in the summer and Desailly believes it's the perfect opportunity for him to make way.

Blues boss Antonio Conte has favoured experienced trio Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz in his back three this term, with youngsters Kurt Zouma and Nathan Ake ready to make the step up.