Huddersfield Town were close to signing John Terry 20 years ago.

The former Chelsea defender, now Aston Villa No 2 Terry, has revealed he almost joined the Terriers.

John Terry [Getty]

Ex-England captain John Terry has confirmed only two clubs handed in a bid for his services while he was at Chelsea and one offer was accepted. Terry, who played over 700 games for the west London side, was only ever aware of two bids for him during his trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge. Huddersfield Town and Manchester City were the clubs who tried to tempt the former Chelsea captain away from west London. And, Terry would have had a different career if he was allowed to move to Huddersfield 20 years ago when he was just 19 years of age. However, manager Gianluca Vialli decided Terry would continue plying his trade with the Blues. ‘During my time the only two clubs that approached me were Huddersfield when I first came through. Steve Bruce was manager of Huddersfield,’ Terry explained on an Instagram Q&A with Stephen Hendry.


‘Chelsea accepted a bid and Vialli said no. Which obviously I’m very thankful to Luca for, he gave me my debut. Great man, great manager.’ The Chelsea legend added: ‘Then obviously the Man City one, Man City approached Chelsea (in 2009), made an offer official. ‘Simple as this, I sat with the owner, face-to-face and said “I never want to leave Chelsea, that’s a fact. If you want to sell me then it’s a different story, I clearly don’t want to stay. But I’m telling you off the bat that I never want to leave this football club”. ‘Within that, I was due a new contract, we shook hands on a new contract, agreed a deal and I stayed another five, six years after that. ‘Them two clubs were the only two that come in for me.’ Terry five Premier League titles, the Champions League and multiple FA and League Cups.




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