Manchester City manager Mark Hughes broke his silence on the John Terry affair to publicly question whether the Chelsea skipper needed “a change of scenery” to re-ignite his career.
Despite being told by Chelsea that he is not for sale, Terry remains a key target for City as they look to continue a spending spree which has already seen the arrivals of Gareth Barry, Roque Santa Cruz and Carlos Tevez.
“We would like to think we could offer him a different challenge,” said Hughes.
“From my own experience, when you have been with a club a long time, you maybe get to a point when you need a new challenge, when you think a change of scenery would just re-ignite certain things within you.
According to The Guardian Hughes has been informed that Terry wanted, if possible, to leave Chelsea in as dignified a way as possible but that, were it necessary, he was also willing to force through a move.
the report claims that Terry has become disillusioned about Chelsea’s lack of ambition in the transfer market and the frequency with which the club have changed managers.
“It is not a question of money,” continued Hughes. “It’s about a different challenge, a different stage in his life and career, and maybe that’s why there hasn’t been a response because John is seriously thinking in those terms.
“I went through that process myself and I can understand if that is the way he is thinking.
“We made an offer to Chelsea and I’ve made known my feelings about John Terry.
“He’s an outstanding player and an outstanding person. We’d like the opportunity to speak to him but as yet that hasn’t been forthcoming.”