Monday, July 27, 2009

Terry says no

Finally, we can draw the whole pursuit (saga) around John Terry to a close.

The morning brought reports which suggested that a deal for Terry (plus moves for KoloToure and Joleon Lescott) would be concluded by the end of August, but this afternoon finally brought clarification from Terry that he would remain at Chelsea:

"I am totally committed to Chelsea and always have been," said Terry. "Chelsea have also made it clear to me consistently that there was never any intention to accept any kind of offer. When you are linked with any club, or with a manager [Mark Hughes] who I have huge respect for, it will always make headlines, but me leaving Chelsea was never a possibility.

"I know there has been comment that I should have made a statement earlier. However, throughout this period there have been numerous discussions between myself, the owner and the Chelsea board and we all agreed that the timing of any statement would suit everyone involved in those talks, not any outside influences or agendas. What is clear to me following those discussions is that Chelsea's ambition remains as high as ever."

Terry would clearly have strengthened an area of the side that does not reinforcing, and the drive and determination he possesses is an asset Hughes dearly craves in players, yet there was always something uncomfortable about the idea of Terry arriving at the club.

As big an asset as he could have been, he strikes as a fairly unpalatable character, and arguably, his best (or better at least) days are beginning to be behind him.

A move for either Toure or Lescott now seems likely, and both players would strengthen the defence, and would come in to the club with something to prove - an asset always worth having in a player.

The downside to Terry remaining at Chelsea of course is it still leaves us waiting to land the real big name the club hierachy sorely wants. Having been rebuffed by Kaka, Eto'o and now Terry - all world renowned players, it does mean that whilst being tempted, the upper echelon of players in the game will still be reticent about joining until we can break through and persuade that first real profile player of world stature to take the plunge.

vote it up!


Anonymous said...

Yeah you would say that now, we,ll just keep our "unpalatable" centre back and off you jolly well go with your half baked team and propensity to make absolute dicks of yourselves whilst we go about the business of winning the league, cup and champions league.Gary Cook, eh? the only man in the world who makes Peter Kenyon look good

irelandissuperman said...

no doubt Garry Cook is a tool-nobody's gona argue wiv u there!
Realistically Terry palyed a very sly game of trying to get a pay rise out of Chelsea while at the same time feeding City a pack of lies-
So be it- his best years are behind him and while he would have been a helluva signing at this point in time he can hardly be valued at 30 million!
The funniest thing is that we're now gona hav to listen to a bunch of smug Chelsea fans rejoice in how they managed to keep one of their supposedly most dedicated players- well done Chelsea.

Anonymous said...

What about Robinho? Is it fair to say since joining Man City his status as a world renowned player has diminished?

Anonymous said...

"Terry would clearly have strengthened an area of the side that does not reinforcing..."

Are you serious? Have you not seen the defence? terry would have been an injection of pace in comparison to Dunne, not to mention his game-reading ability and leadership. All three attributes are missing from 99% of the side.

W all might be disappointed, but some of us are quite as outright stupid about it as you! Jeez!

Anonymous said...

To all the mugs that thought Terrty wass going to shitty sorry i mean city. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
chelsea forever. u need a players that have city in their blood. you will never have what we have with Terry.

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