Revealed: How close Man City were to signing ex-Chelsea captain
Former Manchester City Chief Executive Garry Cook has revealed that the club was quite close to signing former Chelsea captain John Terry.
Ten years ago, Cook reveals Chelsea gave them permission to start negotiating a transfer move with the ex-England defender but Terry did take an about-turn and extended his stay at Stamford Bridge for another five years.
"We went through the process [of signing Terry]. [Chelsea chief executive] Peter Kenyon was there at the time and we had conversations with him, saying we'd like to do it and we'd like to have a conversation. I think he was probably more confident that he [Terry] wasn't going anywhere. We had conversations with John and he decided to stay where he was, and quite rightly so. But there was never a document ready to sign.” Cook told Sky Sports Transfer Podcast.
Cook further claimed that Terry might have used Man City interest in him as a negotiating chip with Chelsea in order to be given a bumper deal. The new deal at Chelsea made him the best-paid player at the club on £150,000-a-week.
“There were players out there who were using us as a stalking horse and that's the game. If you want to get a better contract in your renewal with the club you're with, then you've got to try and raise a market, and that's what agents would do. The reality is, would we have liked a lot of them to come? Yes. But the truth is, some of them were a little bit smoke and mirrors." Cook added.
Terry’s leadership skills and Champions League experiences were all the major thing that attracted Man City to him.
"He's a true leader and the dressing room needed leadership. He had Premier League and Champions League experience, he was an England player and that was admittedly as good as all of the other names we were chasing. Somebody like Terry would have added a whole different dimension to the growth of Man City, but unfortunately, it wasn't to be.” Cook regretted.
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