Terry has unfinished business with Chelsea

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Football

The rumours rumble on as John Terry continues to be heavily linked with a move to Manchester City. Mark Hughes has still not given up on the prospect of signing England’s captain from Chelsea.

Should City successfully prise Terry from Stamford Bridge, it would prove a major coup for the ambitious Eastland’s outfit. It would be a surprise though as Terry is seen by many to embody the heart and soul of Chelsea Football Club.

A move to the multi million revolution in the North must seem enticing for Terry. A fresh challenge. A chance to be part of something exciting. Hughes stipulated that it has been brought to City’s attention that Terry is disillusioned with life in London and harbouring for a move away.

“We would like to think we could offer John a different challenge,” Hughes said. “He’s been at Chelsea a long time and I know from my own experience as a player that when you have been with a club for a long time you get to a point when you think you need a new challenge and that a change of scenery would re-ignite certain things within you.”

Chelsea have never really recovered since the sacking of Jose Mourinho. The turnover of managers under Roman Abramovich will have done much to unsettle Terry. At the age of 28, the player Ancelotti described as ‘the symbol’ of Chelsea, is now entering the prime of his football career.

The constant change has hampered Chelsea’s trophy pursuit on both the domestic and European stage. Something that will have urked Terry. Terry who has been ‘Mr. Consistency’ throughout times of uncertainty.

He isn’t the same player he was under Mourinho that is for sure. All too willing to put his body on the line for the Chelsea cause, in recent years Terry has become progressively more fallible.

He has become increasingly suspect when ball is played in front of him on the ground, gets caught for pace far too easily, and positioning has become erratic in recent times. While he is imperious in the air, the modern game is more pacy and played on the ground, especially in Europe.

What he does bring to the party is his leadership and personality, something which Mark Hughes has sighted as the missing ‘X-Factor’ form the Manchester City dressing room. Indeed with the abundance of football biggest stars now residing at the Eastlands, a talismatic leader is needed to unite the players.

Terry is the highest paid player at Stamford Bridge. He is entering the third year of a five year contract which he currently earns £130,000-a-week plus bonuses. When he negotiated his mammoth contract, he wrangled as much money as possible from Chelsea’s Russian billionaire owner, insisting on being the top paid player at the club.

According to reports in the media, City are willing to offer Terry an obscene £250,000-a-week. Surely Terry who is already one of the best paid players in the Premiership wouldn’t need the increase in salary.

Ex Chelsea player and manager, Gianluca Vialli said this week to Talksport: “I ask myself, when I finish playing does it matter whether I have in the bank £50 million or £61 million?”. A point John Terry should note.

He owes Chelsea fans that’s for sure. It is harsh to lay Chelsea’s defeat to Manchester United in the Champions League Final 2008 solely at the feet of Chelsea’s captain. One could argue Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka both shaped the outcome of the match. But Terry had the chance to create history for Chelsea. He ultimately failed.

If he left Chelsea having won that title then it would soften the blow for the Chelsea faithful. Manchester City are a club who will only be challenging on three fronts next year. Surely for the ambitious but ageing Terry, remaining at Chelsea and launching a successful European campaign remains a more viable option.

No other club possesses a player like John Terry. A player who is worshipped like a God by the fans. Someone who can inspire those around him and can rightly hold the title of Mr. Chelsea. That is except for Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard.

It’s ironic that Gerrard was on the brink of a move to Chelsea only a mere four years ago. Accused of betrayal by many on Merseyside, the Liverpool captain eventually remained at Anfield. In the following years, Chelsea fans have been quick to laud how close Gerrard came to a controversial move. They are now experiencing the same emotions.

Talking to a Chelsea fan this morning, he was quick to epitomise the over flowing emotion emerging from Chelsea fans.

“For him to walk away from Chelsea would be a huge insult and slap in the face to those who have supported him through his good and bad times. Also, football for me will turn into a meaningless money parade, where money talks and feelings and emotions are not even considered secondary. It is already heading that way with few players honouring their contracts anymore.”

“He has come through the adversity of costing Chelsea the Champions League Final by continuing to play at a high standard, and more importantly he still has the full undivided support of the fans. For him to walk away from Chelsea would be a huge insult and slap in the face to those who have supported him through his good and bad times.”

By definition a captain is a person who is at the head of or in authority over others, a chief, a leader. John Terry is indebted to Chelsea and the clubs fans. It’s time for Terry to lead from the front and quash any suggestion he might follow the lure of riches and join the evolving Manchester City.

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