If Valencia come knocking on Chelsea's door asking about John Terry, the Blues should kindly say, "No thank you, we're not interested in selling at this time. We're chasing a Premier League championship, thank you very much."
Of course, it may not be that simple. According to FIFA-accredited agent Francois Gallardo (via Neil McLeman of the Mirror), Terry may very well be interested in leaving:
Gallardo told Radio Intereconomia: "Valencia are negotiating, and I am involved in person, with the signing in the winter transfer market.
"The offer is on his table. The player is out of contract in June and will not renew there for several reasons at Chelsea and he wants to come to Spain."
Gallardo added: "Terry has problems. They are insulting him and he is not taking it anymore. He asked to leave, not us.
"It's real. This has been going on for 15 days and two meetings have already took place. The deal is already on his table—a year and a half plus one.
"I think he will accept."
Chelsea needs to nip this in the bud. The last thing the Blues can afford is to lose a vital defensive cog in the midst of chasing a Premier League championship and attempting to make another run in Champions League play.
Is Terry not pleased with any contract negotiations that have taken place with Chelsea? Is he miffed over being fined by the squad after he received a four-match ban in the Anton Ferdinand scandal? Does he simply want a change of scenery?
I don't know, but I do know Chelsea needs to fight tooth and nail to keep him on the squad and hopefully extend him so he can finish out his career with the team. He's a staple of Chelsea football, a team leader and—though we can all see he's lost a step—still one of the finest central defenders in Europe.
Few are more crafty than Terry or seem to emerge at the perfect moment to thwart what would otherwise be an open-and-shut scoring opportunity. He rarely finds himself out of position—only players with top-notch pace seem to put him in a bad spot—and rarer still does his technique fail him.
Besides, with the championship to be contested against offensively formidable sides like Manchester United and Manchester City, a steady back line will be Chelsea's saving grace. As good as the Blues have been on the attack, trying to match those squads in an offensive bout is a risky proposition.
For now, we don't know Terry's mind, so this may all be bluster or a negotiating tactic. Whatever the case may be, Chelsea can't afford to lose him in January.
If he goes, the dreams of this Chelsea season might go with him.
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