Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has upped the ante regarding their pursuit of John Terry by suggesting that the Chelsea captain might “need a new challenge.”
City have bid £30 million for the England skipper and offered him wages of £200,000 per week.
Hughes watched Terry come up through the youth ranks at Chelsea while the ex Manchester United striker played for three seasons at the London club.
We think we could offer him a different challenge. When you have been with a club a long time, you get to a point when a change of scenery could reignite you.
I have fantastic respect for John Terry, ever since I saw him as a young player when I was at Chelsea as a player myself.
He’s a great player and an outstanding captain but he’s very much a Chelsea player at this moment in time.
It’s not a question of finance, or money, it is about a different challenge.
It is about John being at a different stage in his life and career, and maybe that is why there hasn’t been a response (to commit himself to Chelsea) because John is seriously thinking in those terms.
I went through that process as a player and I can understand if that is the way he is thinking.