John Terry has admitted that he used Manchester City’s interest in him to get a better contract with Chelsea.
Terry was the subject of a £29million bid from City in 2009, with then-manager Mark Hughes aiming to build a side capable of winning the Premier League.
Backed by the club’s Abu Dhabi owners, Hughes was expected to sanction the offer of a contract which would have made Terry the best-paid player in the league.
But the defender has revealed that he used that interest as a bargaining chip to stay at Chelsea and improve his terms to a £150,000 deal, which expires this summer.
“I met Roman [Abramovich] at the time and told him I want to stay,” he told ITV.
“Manchester City had made an offer.
“What it does do is it gives you bargaining power to go in and renegotiate a contract.
“So it gives you a bit of power.”