Roberto Mancini is reportedly keen on bringing John Terry to Turkey.
Mancini has made it a priority to strengthen his defence in January. It is thought the board will give him significant backing, and they could well match last year's big name signings. Last January the Turkish giants brought in Didier Drogba, and Wesley Sneijder to increase the overall quality of the squad. Turkish league rules state however, that there can only be a maximum of six foreign players named in a matchday squad.
Roberto Mancini will know a lot about John Terry given the fact he plays for one of Manchester City's major title rivals. JT is someone who loves working under Jose Mourinho however, and would surely stay at Chelsea for the rest of his career if he could. Now aged 32, Terry's contract with the club is coming to an end, and we could be set for another contract saga just as we did with Frank Lampard last season.
Chelsea have a policy of only offering one-year contracts to players over 30 and Terry may be tempted by a longer contract elsewhere. Galatasaray would be able to offer him a lucrative contract, and a much longer one than Chelsea as well. A former Chelsea teammate is already a key player at Galatasaray, Didier Drogba has scored 15 goals for the club since joining.
To see John Terry in another shirt other than Chelsea's would be a shock. Roman Abramovich will surely want to see the club captain extend his career at the club as will Jose Mourinho. John Terry was delighted when 'The Special One' returned and will want to continue working with him.
A move to Turkey seems even more unlikely given that Anton Ferdinand is also currently playing over there. This would cause more unwanted headlines, and Terry would not want the race row to be brought up all over again. He lost his captaincy over that case, and Anton has clearly wanted to get away from the English press too by making that move. It would be extremely unusual if Terry joined Ferdinand in the Turkish top flight. Anton currently plays for Antalyaspor.
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