Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed he had the option to join Premier League rivals Manchester City, and that it gave him “bargaining power” in regards to a new contract at the club.
The former England skipper was told he could leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, only to be offered a one-year extension on the back of Antonio Conte’s appointment as Blues boss.
There was a time where City seemingly made an approach, however, with Terry having been strongly linked with a switch to the Etihad Stadium back in 2009.
“I spoke to Roman [Abramovich] at the time and told him I want to stay. Manchester City made an offer,” the Blues captain said on Play to the Whistle.
“It gives you bartering energy to go in and renegotiate an agreement.”
Terry has stayed at Chelsea in a bit-part limit and has shown up for the Blues this season.
Antonio Conte has imparted a 3-4-3 development with Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill as the essential focus backs, and Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso as wing-backs.
Regardless of being a go down alternative at Stamford Bridge, the 36-year-old demands his heart is determined to staying at the club.
“I don’t know [if he would move to China],” he included. “For me, I need to remain at Chelsea.”