Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Wednesday July 15 2009
Mark Hughes has responded to media questions over his bid to sign Chelsea and England Captain John Terry. Any hour now surely we can expect Terry to make a statement...
As the City squad's boarding of the plane for South Africa nears, as does Chelsea's for the USA, speculation over the England Captain's as yet unresolved future continues to heighten:
'John Terry is an outstanding player and an outstanding person. If the opportunity presents itself to bring a player of his calibre to the club we will do our utmost to bring that about. Obviously we need conversations with Chelsea in that regard. We would like the opportunity to speak to John, but as yet that hasn't been forthcoming.
'We would like to think we could offer him a different challenge. From my own experience, when you have been with a club a long time, you maybe get to a point when you need a new challenge, when you think a change of scenery would just reignite certain things within you.
Hughes considered the continued silence from the player...
'It is not a question of money, it is about a different challenge, a different stage in his life and career, and maybe that is why there hasn't been a response because John is seriously thinking in those terms. I went through that process myself and I can understand if that is the way he is thinking. I think players understand what we are trying to do here and it is very exciting.
'The fact that we have brought Carlos Tevez - one of the best strikers in the world - here helps our case. I'm sure his signing (Tevez) will help us bring further top-class players to the club.'
For the Vital Chelsea viewpoint go to:
Mark Hughes - Shut Your Mouth
There are rumours knocking around town this morning that Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor completed a medical for City last night and that The Bluese are now waiting for a work permit to be issued before announcing his arrival.
More as we get it...
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