Chelsea legend John Terry reveals the truth about how close he came to joining Manchester City

Chelsea legend John Terry admits he almost left Stamford Bridge earlier in his career.

The ex-England defender was a £29million target for Manchester City in 2009, but it was Championship outfit Huddersfield Town that came closest to snaring the centre-back.

Terry had made just 15 appearances for the Blues when he was sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest in April 2000.

He featured six times and was due to sign permanently for Huddersfield after his short stint at the City Ground.

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However, the Blues pulled the plug on the deal and Terry hasn’t looked back since, establishing himself as a fans’ favourite at the west London club.

He told Mail Online : ”Chelsea wanted to sell me then. They had agreed a deal with Huddersfield. After my loan at Forest, I was supposed to go to Huddersfield.

”But I did well in those games, I started five and came on in the other. Chelsea wanted more money then decided they didn’t want to sell as I’d done well. I came back and got on the bench for the FA Cup final.”

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich with Frank Lampard and John Terry celebrate with the Premiership trophy
Trophy boys: Terry with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and Frank Lampard

Terry has enjoyed a trophy-laden career at the Bridge, but has found himself in and out of the team this season and his contract expires in the summer.

The 34-year-old insists he wouldn’t play for another team in England when his time at Chelsea comes to an end, but revealed he was the subject of a mega-money bid from rivals City.

He added: ”I had a meeting with Roman (Abramovich) 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.”