Jamie Redknapp has suggested in his column for the Daily Mail that John Terry could be heading off to Manchester City this summer.
Terry, a Chelsea icon, is out of contract at the end of this season and there has been great debate over whether he will sign the one-year rolling deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge for next season.
Redknapp doesn’t seem to think so.
“Terry, 33, can leave on a free transfer at the end of the season and Chelsea have only offered him a one-year deal, in line with club policy for senior players,” writes Redknapp.
“I wonder if Manchester City would consider a daring raid. If they could pull it off, they get to weaken one of their rivals and they end up with Terry and Vincent Kompany in a mighty partnership.”
Terry has a great relationship with manager Jose Mourinho, which blossomed during the Portuguese manager’s first spell in charge in West London, which started the modern era of Chelsea’s success.
Terry is an icon of the current Chelsea side and someone who is assured to get a fair ratio of first team games under Mourinho.
He’d have to accept that heading off to Manchester City wouldn’t guarantee him any more game time because Manuel Pellegrini would face the same issues and challenges in terms of when to use him and how long to give him to recover.
It’s also a move that would see Terry lose a great deal of popularity with Chelsea’s fans at a crucial stage in their development.
Chelsea are staring at the possibility of watching Liverpool take a Premier League title, which they were favourites for at one stage this season.
Should Liverpool win the league, it creates another barrier of potential dominance which Mourinho will have to break down and to do that, he needs to keep hold of his most experienced players.
There’s also the chance that City could spend big this summer as they did last year, going after younger and high profile centre backs which would decrease the certainty Terry normally enjoys when it comes to consistent game time.
Rubbish Rating: It would be remarkable if Chelsea don’t work out a deal, which allows them to keep one of their most iconic players in the history of the football club.