Debate: Does John Terry have a price?
Chris Norman says YES
What price loyalty? Usually a rhetorical question, isn't it? Not anymore. At least when we're talking about football. Remember Wayne Rooney's "Once a blue, always a blue" t-shirt? Or Alan Smith's vow that he'd never make the switch from Leeds to their hated Manchester rivals? We all know what happened there…
So to "Mr Chelsea", JT. Is there a price for his loyalty? Apparently so. He's had weeks to commit himself to the club who stood firmly with him during his darkest hours and court appearances in the early stages of his career, and pay him more than handsomely. And yet the silence has been deafening. Even the combined brainpower of Messrs Smith and Rooney could work out that JT's head has been turned.
… and what by? Let's face it; there isn't a pure footballing argument to support a move to City. JT, England's captain, needs to be pitting himself against the best Europe has to offer to stay at the top of his game this year. City aren't even in the Europa League! Surely he knows that City don't offer him a better chance of winning the Champions League than Chelsea? When the blue half of Manchester last celebrated a major trophy, England was gearing up for the 1970 World Cup and Orson Welles could still fit in a Jaguar. Money must be the only motivating factor, and if John can put a price on his loyalty we should be realistic and think about putting a price on him.
We'd miss him, of course. He's talismanic, a born leader. I can't think of another player who would put his body on the line in the way he has for us on numerous occasions. But in pure footballing terms he is replaceable. He's no spring chicken, and the back injuries that have troubled him for years are bound to have an effect on the twilight of his career. We have a ready-made replacement in Alex, and we need to be looking at younger players for the future. With that in mind, £40million may come in handy for a club who have promised to balance their books.
I hope JT, our most successful captain ever, does stay. I think he does love the club, but he isn't "Mr Chelsea". There are thousands of Mr Chelsea's who don't put a price on their loyalty. We pay through the nose because of our loyalty. We are Chelsea; JT is just one part of it. I hope he appreciates that.
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