In an interesting development which has the ability to shock the Chelsea faithful, Club Captain John Terry has been linked with a move to fierce rivals Manchester United, as reported by Goal.
These reports have come forward after Ray Wilkins, former Chelsea manager, opined that Terry could look towards a reunion with former manager John Terry at the Old Trafford.
Looking at the history of transfers between these two giants of English football, Juan Mata is the last player who moved from London to Manchester.
However, it was the decision of Mourinho – the then Chelsea manager, which forced the player to make the move, and not the other way around. But, in the case of John Terry, the former English Captain is free to make the move.
In addition to the lure of playing with Jose Mourinho, it is the lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge which could force Terry to make this move.
Terry started the first four games for Chelsea, with all of them coming in the Premier League. After suffering an injury in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, the Blues’ Captain was sidelined for four weeks.
Consequently, in addition to missing in Chelsea’s defeats at the hands of Arsenal and Liverpool, Terry was absent as Antonio Conte’s men piled a four-match winning streak.
Since he was back from his injury, Terry became a part of Chelsea squad which faced Everton at Stamford Bridge.
However, since Chelsea had fared so well in his absence – winning four while conceding no goals in the process, Conte decided against including the Chelsea Legend in his Starting XI. Chelsea won that match five nil with Terry appearing in a ten-minute cameo at the end.
Thus, looking at how Chelsea are performing in his absence, Conte might continue to ignore the Englishman from his first team plans. Also, with no European football at the helm, the Chelsea squad wouldn’t also tire out due to excess of games.
Thus, with Manchester United offering him a way out, it remains to be seen whether the lure of getting more game time could force the Englishman to make his move up North.