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Terrygate: Something's Got To Give

It's a conspiracy theorist sports hacks dream. But both Chelsea and City fans will begin to get totally fed up with this 'will he, won't he' saga the longer it drags on...

City's stunning move for 'Mr. Chelsea' has reminded us all of The Citizen's tremendous financial clout as it did with the Sky Blues' ultimately doomed moves for the AC Milan devotee Kaka and the high stakes chancer Samuel Eto'o.

Sheikh Mansour is deadly serious in his intent to break up the increasingly boring Premier League status quo and the upcoming third bid for Terry arrows straight to the heart of 'The Big Four/ Sky Four' monopoly. If there is one thing Ancelotti, Taggart, Wenger or Benitez have learned this summer, it is that City are here to stay.

Still, as is not uncommon with this level of modern era football transfer, the protracted negotiations and bidding involved leave a chasm in which all sorts of nonsense unfolds. Take The Sun's shrieking headline that City want to pay Terry £300,000 per week. I can assure you that is rubbish. Yet as with Silvio Berlusconi's announcement that City had offered £100 million for Kaka's services, so many people have bought into the myth hook, line and sinker.

Deeper still, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Chelsea's hierarchy was heading for civil war such has been the tripe conjured up in some 'Fleet Street' bars this past week!

In amongst all this, the paying customers, ie the fans are left to speculate and counter speculate until our message boards threaten to meltdown.

Looking at this in purely footballing terms, Terry has exactly the credentials required, despite his age or battle fatigue to pull together a young and exciting Manchester City side. As Chelsea's sole homegrown player in their starting XI, he knows what is needed for a young lad to establish himself amongst seasoned professionals.

City fans will testify to the fact that outside of the dreadful Tal Ben-Haim, Mark Hughes has proved a shrewd operator in the transfer market and is putting together a side built upon a backbone of English speaking, Premier League experienced players mixing academy graduates with established stars. Terry would more than fit the bill as a figurehead.

We can expect the intrigue to come to a conclusion any day now. As is the way in the modern era, Chelsea's squad fly to the USA next week and City's to South Africa.

Carlo 'Sturridge' Ancelloti and Mark Hughes are sure to address their respective masses before their planes push back. Should England's Captain appear alongside Ancelotti, we'll know that City's audacious bid has failed. Similarly if he maintains his silence and doesn't show, we'll all be looking to Manchester Airport.

I cannot imagine that Terry is taking this lightly. Some of Chelsea's followers have suggested that their captain is using City's bid as a means to engineer a Stamford Bridge salary level with that of the unlikeable prima donna Michael Ballack. Some City fans have pondered that a deal involving Carlos Tevez is mixed up in all this, despite reports that FA "controlled" third party ownership issues are alledgedly holding up his move to City. Surely not? Only the next 72 hours or so will tell.

Ultimately, it will come down to the player. So come on John, time to nail your colours to the mast before those pre-season tour ships sail.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 11 2009

Time: 9:24AM

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If roman promises him he will invest to improve then Terry will stay at Chelsea, it all depends on Roman.
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11/07/2009 09:38:00

Think about it, and put yourself in Terry's shoes, and then in the Sheikh's shoes; JT's agent has no doubt told him to keep quiet, because no bad can really come of it - if he stays at Chelsea (more than likely) he will get more money and made to feel more wanted than ever, leave for City and you'll be the biggest star by a long shot, and maybe double your money. Now the Sheikh - keep quiet, because there's no need to add fuel to an already raging inferno, and besides that's not how gentlemen conduct business. If he comes, good, if he doesn't, well, at least everybody now knows we won't be bullied anymore, and all clubs now know we really mean business.
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11/07/2009 09:41:00

Yes, Terry will indeed spurn the Champions League next season, in order to play in the Vodacom Challenge, City's only international involvement. LOLOLOL! I've never read such rubbish as that spouted by supporters of the arab club. They really think that people like Wayne Bridge, Santa Cruz, Bellamy and Barry will turn them into contenders. LOL! No-one would have been surprised if those players had been bought by Hull, Fulham, Bolton and Spurs. LOL!
Sir Cecil
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11/07/2009 09:46:00

BlueWolfie says "...that's not how gentlemen conduct business." Well, THIS is how the the Man. City Sheik's Royal Family conduct business...
Sir Cecil
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11/07/2009 09:51:00

Sir Cecil, are you directly implicating Sheikh Mansour and Manchester City's boardroom in that torture video?
Johnny Baguette
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11/07/2009 09:56:00

Fair comments JB (how you doin' pal?). Think we are all getting fed up of these drawn out sagas, but I suppose if we get the players at the club, it's worth the wait. Must admit I was pleased when we plugged the plug last night on Eto'o when we felt we were being strung along. Clearly they feel different about JT and CT.
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11/07/2009 09:57:00

Sound thanks, ob. Good to have you back on board. As you can see we've gone from debating football to terrible torture allegations in the space of four posts.
Johnny Baguette
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11/07/2009 09:59:00

for me this could be ended very simply by JT saying if he wants to stay at the rentboys or wants a transfer.i honestly think he does want to move on but he hasnt the bottle to upset the chelsea fans which i can understand because he is a legend. the thing is though the longer he goes without saying if he wants to stay or go the more the chelsea fans may turn on him and either way he might start to lose his "MR CHELSEA" tag.
Mike Hunt
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11/07/2009 10:00:00

Yes it's seems some Chelsea "fans" (not all!) cannot simply engage in sensible debates at the thought of losing their main man. Reflects on them pal, not us!!
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11/07/2009 10:03:00

Sir Cecil, i wont waste to much breath on you seeing as your quite the immature rat arent you. You have some nerve calling Manchester City FC an Arab club when our Club were established long before the likes of Chelsea. Infact is your club not owned by a Russian 'rolls eyes'.
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11/07/2009 10:03:00

From an outsiders point of view this is exactly what happened with Gerrard when he nearly moved (refused to comment on speculation I mean), SWP did exactly the same. If JT had no intention of moving then he would come out and say so simple as.....fact is he hasn't so something is quite right. I mean Torres came out and said he wouldnt move for more cash and wanted to stay at Liverpool...Seems JT is finding that dedication to his club a little harder. Good luck for the season, Enjoy the arabian cash as you have endured your fair share of downs over the years
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11/07/2009 10:49:00

My dear BleacherCityJay... why is it "a nerve" to call City an arab club? It is an arab club. The fact they have a stadium in England doesn't make it an English-owned club. If Sony has a factory in England, does that make Sony English? LOL! And at least Abramovich resides in the same country as his club. And who cares about being longer-established? Any trophy City has won, Chelsea has won it more times. Check it out. League titles, League Cups, FA Cups, Cup Winners Cups... EVERYTHING City has done, Chelsea has done it more. And, according to you, in less time. LOL!
Sir Cecil
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11/07/2009 10:55:00

Sir Cecil, Give City the 5 or 6 years that you have had under Abramovi and who says that wont change? Seems like you now understand what its like to be on the wrong end of transfer rumours regarding a club's most important player. Nice to see City giving Chelsea a taste of their own medicine
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11/07/2009 11:07:00

Well 5, no other club can currently compete with Chelsea and the other three on the pitch until a FIFA rule comes in enforcing homegrown player quotas or transfer fee and wage caps so the only way to do so is with the wallet.
Johnny Baguette
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11/07/2009 11:14:00

Totally agree JB. Any other fans would be made up if the Arabs came and helped their club try to readdress the balance by buying players. To be fair City havent done bad with the homegrown players but you do need the 20M+ players in the team to make that difference.
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11/07/2009 11:30:00

Spot on. I confess meanwhile to feeling not too chipper when I read that Micah Richards now has a publicist. Max Clifford is handling his swine flu situation. Good grief.
Johnny Baguette
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11/07/2009 11:51:00

Now Sir Cecil attempts to add to his previous comment by using the word 'Owned', first the puppet calls us an 'Arab club' and now we are an 'Arab owned club'. Next you will be stating we are not an English club because we are not owned by English owners. Someone need to put this afterbirth out of his misery.
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11/07/2009 12:02:00

Sir Cecil, you've obviously not heard but people putting "LOL" into messages these days are now considered to be twits, with an "a". Get with it you doddery old fool.
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11/07/2009 12:46:00

Would well take Terry, although people hate him he is class
Blue Lad Scragg
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11/07/2009 14:22:00

Jt is only using city to a pay rais. Its clear to see. Besides, carvalho is much better than him. Why dont city go for him.
enzo city
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11/07/2009 15:09:00

Interesting to note that Chelsea's win percentage is higher WITHOUT John Terry playing than it is WITH him playing!
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11/07/2009 16:00:00

Unlike this, Sir Cecil And as you sing “If you want the best then don't ask questions ‘cos Roman, he's our man. Where it all comes from is a mystery. Is it guns? Is it drugs? Is it oil from the sea?”
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11/07/2009 16:06:00

Merlin so sell JT to us, because according to the figures you are actually better without him, we on the other hand would be better with him.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/07/2009 17:22:00

sir cecil, DOES Rommy live in the UK? as unless the mediterean has moved and called the Thames,,, the yachts that roman's roubles has bought are moored in most of the med....IF he does live here why does he FLY out of London city airport every week?
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12/07/2009 00:51:00

Let's not get too carried away here, Terry is not Chelsea's best player. Selling him wouldn't be as big a deal for us as signing him would be for you. He's a very important talisman for the team, and there is tremendous pride in his coming through the system, but, if he leaves, no one will be terrified of his absence. We already have players who could simply step into his position and Frank would be the natural choice to take over the armband. It would definitely be a shock, but it wouldn't be a blow. If there was a chance that a player from our squad like Essien were heading your way, I'd be sweating right now but, while he's beloved, JT happens to be expendable. Chelsea fans will be disappointed/angry at him if he goes because he'd only be doing it for the money, but not because Chelsea would be weakened.
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12/07/2009 06:43:00

i think either way all will come clear tomorrow if all the reports are true.i dont want this dragging on and we need to know A.S.A.P.
Mike Hunt
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12/07/2009 20:09:00

all the chelski fans are calling JT 'mr chelsea' its as if they have'nt brought any other young 'un through their accademy..... oh sorry they have'nt they buy all theirs in from other Mr Sturridge, Obi mikkel, Joe Cole, AND another young lad from Leeds who has slipped of the radar, can anyone tell me when WAS the last time Chelsea brought ANY of their kids through the youth system APART from Terry who came in 2000? As i'm at a loss....
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