Chelsea captain John Terry has finally ended his silence over speculation regarding a move to Manchester City and said he is staying at Stamford Bridge.
City have long been linked with the 28-year-old, amid reports that they were considering making a bid of up to £40m.
And while Chelsea always insisted they would not sell, the England skipper’s silence only increased the speculation.
But Terry has now said: “I am totally committed to Chelsea, always have been. Me leaving was never a possibility.”
The defender was wanted by City manager Mark Hughes as a key part of the Manchester club’s recent revolution that has seen them spend £80m this summer on the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz and Gareth Barry.
And it was reported that Welshman Hughes, who was a team-mate of Terry’s during his playing career at Stamford Bridge, was willing to pay the centre-half £200,000 a week to convince him to move to Eastlands.

Chelsea captain John Terry has finally ended his silence over speculation regarding a move to Manchester City and said he is staying at Stamford Bridge.

Terry lifts title after a remarkable campaign

Terry lifts the Premiere league title after a remarkable campaign in 2005

City have long been linked with the 28-year-old, amid reports that they were considering making a bid of up to £40m.

And while Chelsea always insisted they would not sell, the England skipper’s silence only increased the speculation.

But Terry has now said: “I am totally committed to Chelsea, always have been. Me leaving was never a possibility.”

The defender was wanted by City manager Mark Hughes as a key part of the Manchester club’s recent revolution that has seen them spend £80m this summer on the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz and Gareth Barry.
And it was reported that Welshman Hughes, who was a team-mate of Terry’s during his playing career at Stamford Bridge, was willing to pay the centre-half £200,000 a week to convince him to move to Eastlands.

But Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said in his first media conference that he would not consider selling Terry, and the player himself has now moved to end the speculation “once and for all”.

“When you are linked with any club, or with a manager who I have huge respect for, it will always make headlines,” Terry added on the club website.

“But Chelsea have made it clear to me consistently that there was never any intention to accept any kind of offer.

“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.”

Terry’s announcement will come as a welcome relief to the Blues as they look to launch a renewed assault on domestic and European fronts in the new season.
(BBC.Sport)

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