‘JT’ is a lot like marmite, you love him (Chelsea fans) or you absolutely hate him (everyone else), well either Jose Mourinho is a Chelsea fan, or he is the only other person out there that doesn’t think the England captain’s career is on the skids.
According to our friends at La Gazzetta dello Sport former manager Jose Mourinho is keen to work with the philandering 3o year old again as they reckon he wants to take Terry to Real Madrid…stranger things have happened I suppose.
Terry is one of those rare one-club men at the moment, other than a brief spell on loan with Nottingham Forest he has only ever represented the Stamford Bridge side. He did however begin his career in the East End as part of the ridiculously prolific West Ham youth academy, he moved to Chelsea though when he was 14, and they changed him from a central midfielder to a central defender, what a wise choice that turned out to be.
Terry is one of those players who has seemingly been around forever, he made his debut for the first team during the 98-99 season, however it wasn’t until 00-01 campaign that he became a regular part of the Stamford Bridge team.
If we leave some of the more boring off the field antics out of the equation, Terry has been a fantastic servant for the club, his powerful displays and never say die attitude have played a vital role in their recent successes. He has won an assortment of different trophies including three Premier League titles and four FA Cups. The only major honour to allude him at club level is the Champions League, and maybe that could persuade him to finally move on.
Terry came extremely close to a move to big spending Manchester City a couple of years ago, but a huge wage boost convinced him to stay at Chelsea, and everyone assumed that would be him done until retirement, now that appears less certain.
The Italian sports newspaper claim that it is the Englishman’s leadership qualities that Mourinho wants to introduce to his Madrid side as he attempts to wrestle the La Liga crown back from Barcelona next season. Personally whilst those qualities cannot be underestimated, I am not sure he has the legs for Madrid, or even Chelsea for much more than 1 or 2 seasons. He is already looking a bit slow at times and I think that part of his game may limit him somewhat.
It is of course unknown whether he would want to leave London, but he has an excellent relationship with his former Portuguese coach and potentially he may fancy the move for that reason. Terry will surely also want to win the Champions League in his career, and obviously Chelsea will have a chance to do that next season, but he will have a much better chance with Real.
There is also the stumbling block of convincing Chelsea to sell, and on top of all that like a big cherry, we have no idea whether Jose Mourinho will even be at Madrid next Summer. There is a lot of doubt in this one, and personally I see it as highly unlikely, but if the former Chelsea coach is still at Madrid next season it could be a possibility, the Stamford Bridge side would probably request a vast sum of money for the England caption who is contracted until 2014.
Whether there is anything in this one remains to be seen, but lets just wait and see, it could get interesting over the coming months.
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