Chelsea defender John Terry has revealed that his employers turned down a £29 million bid for Manchester City for his services back in 2009.
The long-standing Blues skipper is widely adjudged as one of the best defenders in the Premier League era, with the ex-England international leading the club to a haul of silverware.
City have been on a revolution since being bought over and have splurged hundreds of millions on stars from all over the world.
Terry has revealed that he could well be on the Etihad Stadium outfit’s books right now had Roman Abramovich opted to cash-in on him earlier in his career.
“They offered £29million for me in 2009 and Chelsea turned it down,” Terry told The Daily Mail.
“I had a meeting with Roman about it. I said to him, “if the club accepts the offer then it tells me you don’t want me”.
“So then you haven’t got a choice, you have got to go. But if they don’t accept the offer, it tells me everything that I need to know. Chelsea refused the offer and that was it.”
Fellow Chelsea legend Frank Lampard ended up playing for City after leaving Stamford Bridge, even scoring his his former club in a 1-1 draw in Manchester.
Terry has had a tough campaign to date, with the veteran defender one of a host of Chelsea players criticised for his poor form this term.