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.

Hughes said:

mark hughes on john terry 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.

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