David Beckham urges John Terry to stay at his beloved Chelsea
“I don’t think JT will move because he’s Chelsea through and through. But football’s a business. I think he’ll stay at Chelsea because they won’t want to lose him,” Beckham said ahead of LA Galaxy’s game on Thursday night against New York Red Bulls, his first back in the United States since his loan period in Milan.
Beckham questioned suggestions that the dizzying contract on offer from City, of close to £200,000-a-week plus bonuses and a significant signing-on fee, had turned the 28 year-old’s head.
“If you’ve got passion to play for the club you’re at, then that goes beyond money,” he said. “JT’s like that. He’s passionate about football, not passionate about money.
“He’ll decide what’s best for his football career. It won’t be about money for him. At the end of the day, he’s England captain and you don’t become England captain being greedy.”
Interestingly City manager Mark Hughes had posed the question earlier this week as to whether that passion for Chelsea had ebbed when he stated that he felt Terry needed a new challenge. And certainly those close to him have claimed that Terry is concerned about the sporting ambitions of Chelsea
As expected, Terry boarded the flight to Seattle for the four-match sequence, which begins on Saturday against Seattle Sounders, still having not made a public utterance about whether he intends to commit to the club he has always played for and, at the very least, see out the remaining three years of his contract.
Chelsea are making plans. Ricardo Carvalho, who had been informed earlier this summer that he could leave for Inter Milan – who Chelsea face next week – if the right offer was made for him by Jose Mourinho, has now been told he will not be sold.
The change of heart may be due to new manager Carlo Ancelotti having had the opportunity to look at the Portuguese defender in training, but there is also the suspicion that if Terry is prised away then Chelsea do not want to leave themselves lacking experience at the heart of the team.
Inter are yet to make a sufficient cash offer for Carvalho, or Deco, who they also want, but Chelsea have informed the player, who wants to go, that a deal is not being countenanced.
Beckham made his own dramatic exit in leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2003 and he again spoke about how raw that departure was.
“I would never have gone to another English club from Manchester United,” he said. “At the time, I didn’t even want to leave Manchester United. So, I knew that once I left there I had to go to somewhere on a par with United and that was Real Madrid, in my eyes.”
Did he regret leaving? “No, because it wasn’t in my hands,” Beckham said. “There was nothing that I could have done about it. But I’ve always said that, from the moment I left to now, that I always wanted to stay at Manchester United for my whole career.
“I missed it. I couldn’t even bear to watch Manchester United on the TV for the first three years after leaving just because it hurt me a lot.”
His time at LA Galaxy has also, in terms of football if not finances, been tough. It is evident that he has been angered by the criticism he has faced, not least from his team-mate Landon Donovan in a recently published book.
The two players have talked, in a meeting brokered by coach Bruce Arena, but Beckham is still annoyed.
Meanwhile, Joe Cole has been ruled out of Chelsea’s tour after suffering an injury setback. The midfielder, who has been out since January through cruciate knee ligament damage, and has now undergone an operation after suffering a small tear to his meniscus in the knee. He will miss the first month of the season.
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