John Terry’s Chelsea team mate Frank Lampard has admitted that he’s unsure if the England captain will stay at Stamford Bridge.
Terry has been linked to a move to Manchester City who have had two approaches turned down by the London club. It’s now understood that City are to make a third offer of around £35 million.
Despite a number of high profile Chelsea players pleading with their skipper to stay and new manager Carlo Ancelotti quoted as saying that he’s “100% certain that Terry won’t leave”, Lampard says Terry is right to consider his options.
Speaking to The Times, Lampard said:
I don’t know what he will do. I’ve been in John’s position, but everyone at the club wants him to stay.
I had an option to leave last summer, to go with a manager who I love, but it came at a time in my life that, maybe, just wasn’t right.
But the situation made me think an awful lot. It wasn’t an easy decision, either, and I don’t think people should criticise John.
The fact is you can never take away what he’s done for Chelsea. He’ll always be a legend. I hope and I’m confident that, whatever happens, he will continue to be considered a legend here.
People should respect his right to choose. When you’re a successful player this kind of thing is going to happen and then you have to make a decision. John’s a very honourable man and it doesn’t come down to money and things like that.
I know John. I know he’ll be thinking about what’s the right thing to do as a player and, in the longer term, for his career.
No one should doubt that John Terry wants to be successful. No one should doubt that John Terry is a winner. This is not just about the money and people shouldn’t try to make it that black and white.
It’s understandable because it’s Manchester City who have come in, but it’s up to John what happens. All I can say is that I’m very proud each time I play with him and, as a club, you want to keep players like John Terry. It’s as simple as that.