Chelsea may have started the Premier League season in shambolic fashion, but they should be grateful to still have captain John Terry amongst their ranks.
The 34-year-old has admitted he was the subject of a £29 million bid from Manchester City in 2009, only for the Blues to turn it down.
His powers may be on the wane, but his contribution over the years have helped his club to plenty of silverware that, without him, they may not have won.
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English football wholly changed back on Transfer Deadline Day in 2008 when news broke that City were suddenly armed to the teeth with wads of cash ready to be splashed on football’s biggest names.
Rumours immediately emerged of moves for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Cesc Fabregas and David Villa as manager Mark Hughes set about bringing in the superstar supporters craved.
They failed to sign Dimitar Berbatov, yet successfully snared Robinho from under the noses of Chelsea, who had been eager to snap up the Brazilian winger.
And in an attempt to add insult to injury, Hughes then set his sights on signing Terry, who was still reeling from the departure of Jose Mourinho two years previously.
Had it not been for Roman Abramovich’s stubbornness, Terry, and not Vincent Kompany, would be the one wearing the captain’s armband at the Etihad Stadium.
The Blues owner was reluctant to give in to the demands of City, who were eager for the ex-England international to become the leader of their title aspirations.
And though they eventually signed teammate Frank Lampard on loan last season, they are yet to have an outstanding English outfield player with the likes of Scott Sinclair, Fabian Delph and Micah Richards all leaving plenty to be desired.
Keeping Terry proved to be a masterstroke, with the veteran helping Chelsea to plenty of silverware in the years since City’s attempt to bring him to the Etihad.
In 2010, he was a key part of the side that won the league and FA Cup double in Carlo Ancelotti’s first season in charge, with Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka also impressing.
A trophyless year in 2011 passed him by, but Terry responded by helping the club win the FA Cup and Champions League in 2012, despite missing out on the final against Bayern Munich through suspension.
He even lifted the Europa League the following year after the Blues’ disastrous defence of their crown forced them to drop into Europe’s second-tier competition.
The veteran then lifted the league title back in May but, with Chelsea 17 points adrift of leaders Leicester City, the chances of him doing it again next year look slim.