Michael Ballack has asked his former teammate, John Terry to remain at Chelsea and try to stay at the highest level possible.
The 36-year-old veteran defender has only played in five premier league matches, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, after extending his contract by one year, when Conte joined Chelsea in the summer.
However, upon Conte recalling Ake, Terry has been linked with Bournemouth, but Eddie Howe has moved to deny the rumours.
And Ballack believes staying put would be the right decision for Terry.
“I can’t really recommend playing for another club because if you play for Chelsea for such a long time at that level – especially in the Champions League – and playing for the title, it is a little bit difficult to take a step down,” he told talkSPORT.
“You should always try and stop at the highest level, where people will remember you really well, what you have achieved, what you have done – for his country as well – and I’m pretty sure he will find a good solution for himself.
“It’s not always easy to find a good access as a player when you get older. It’s never easy, because you love that sport and you want to do it as long as possible. But I think he will do the right step – I would not do it [join a lower club in England].”