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Terry: Manchester City offer gave me bargaining power at Chelsea

Goal.com logo Goal.com 01-03-2017

Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed he had the option to join Premier League rivals Manchester City, and that it gave him "bargaining power" in regards to a new contract at the club.

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The former England skipper was told he could leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, only to be offered a one-year extension on the back of Antonio Conte's appointment as Blues boss.

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There was a time where City seemingly made an approach, however, with Terry having been strongly linked with a switch to the Etihad Stadium back in 2009.

"I spoke to Roman [Abramovich] at the time and told him I want to stay. Manchester City made an offer," the Blues captain said on Play to the Whistle.

"It gives you bargaining power to go in and renegotiate a contract."

Terry has remained at Chelsea in a bit-part capacity and has made only five Premier League appearances for the Blues this season.

Antonio Conte has instilled a 3-4-3 formation with Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill as the primary centre-backs, and Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso as wing-backs.

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Despite being a back-up option at Stamford Bridge, the 36-year-old insists his heart is set on remaining at the club.

"I'm not sure [if he would move to China]," he added. "For me, I want to stay at Chelsea."

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