John Terry has revealed that Chelsea agreed on a deal to sell him to Huddersfield Town at the turn of the Millennium, only to backtrack on their decision when it came to crunch time.
Speaking with Jamie Carragher for the Mail Online, Terry confirmed how he was initially scheduled to depart Chelsea following his loan spell with Nottingham Forest in April 2000.
Terry confirms he nearly left
The Chelsea skipper had only notched 15 first-team appearances for the Blues by that stage and was far from a regular Stamford Bridge fixture. He opened up with clarity on what might have been.
"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," Terry said.
"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."
Of course, since deciding to keep Terry on the former England international has become a stalwart in west London.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say he’s one of the most celebrated captains the club has ever had - the last decade would certainly have been different had he not been around.
Time taking its toll
And yet the ravages of time continue to take their toll on the 34-year-old, who has come in for criticism this term due to a number of suspect performances.
It’s clear that Terry’s still in the thick of things for the time being with regards to squad selection, and likely will be until at least next summer, but questions will then be asked concerning his future.
Jose Mourinho might be better off deciding that it’s time to finally let the veteran defender go in favour of younger blood.
He might well hope to retain Terry in some other capacity, but a departure for somewhere like the MLS could appeal to the skipper more.
Chelsea fans, is this season going to be Terry’s last at Stamford Bridge? How different might things have been had he left in 2000? Let us know in the comments box below.