John Terry has been given leverage to negotiate a new deal at Chelsea after it was reported that Galatasaray want to reunite him with Didier Drogba.
Terry is ticking off the final months of his current Stamford Bridge deal and is yet to extend terms with the London club.
Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail reports Roberto Mancini is ready to offer Terry the stability and financial security that is not currently on offer at Chelsea:
Since the return of Jose Mourinho, 32-year-old Terry has been restored as the mainstay of Chelsea’s defence but the club have a policy of offering no more than one-year contract extensions to any players over 30 …
The appeal of Galatasaray for Terry would be a long, lucrative deal, offering greater financial security, the chance to team up again with former team-mate Didier Drogba and the guarantee of Champions League football as both main rivals Besiktas and Fenerbahce will still be serving a UEFA ban next season.
In all likelihood, Terry will not be allowed to go anywhere by Mourinho in the summer unless the player himself will not settle for a contract of 12 months.
Chelsea’s captain discussed his future toward the end of October, hinting he was keen to prove his fitness at the club and earn an extended deal. Neil McLeman of the Daily Mirror provided the quotes:
The manager was honest with me at the start of the season: You play well and stay fit, you’re in the side.
If I get injured, everything’s up in the air. We don’t really know. But now I’m playing well.
Hopefully everything else takes care of itself.
Mourinho is not a man who easily disposes of experience in his defence. He has a history of favouring ageing centre-backs, having used Lucio and Marco Materazzi at Inter Milan, and Ricardo Carvalho at Real Madrid.
All three were comfortably into their 30s under Mourinho.
Terry remains the lynchpin of the Chelsea defence and is a key reason why they have conceded only 10 goals in 11 league games.
The current problem is that he does not have a truly reliable partner. David Luiz continues to prove a liability when deployed at the heart of the defence, while Gary Cahill still has much to learn when it comes to positioning.
Terry is Chelsea’s organiser and standard-bearer. Mourinho would be loathe to lose such authority before he can bring in the right individuals to lead the club’s next era.
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The likes of Eliaquim Mangala have been linked to Chelsea, per Jamie Sanderson of Metro, but he would make for an imposing figure to play alongside Terry.
Mamadou Sakho of Liverpool—although a fine defender—is showing it takes time to settle into the pace of the Premier League, so it would make sense to retain Terry’s services in order to guide a new arrival like Mangala during his settling-in period.
Only a desire on the part of Terry to leave Chelsea should see him depart the West London club, and if that scenario occurs, Galatasaray are unlikely to prove his ideal destination.