John Terry talks about Roman Abramovich

John Terry spoke to the press further after the final game of the tour in the USA and has given more of an insight into his conversations ...

John Terry spoke to the press further after the final game of the tour in the USA and has given more of an insight into his conversations with the owner Roman Abramovich. He said:

"I'm very flattered that Man City tried to sign me, When you hear that as a player and you get a phone call from the owner saying it doesn't matter what money they offer, he doesn't want to sell me. That's unbelievable. To sit and listen to this coming from the owner, and hear him say: 'You're the heartbeat of the team, you've been here for many years and I want you to stay', it's fantastic.

It is fantastic to hear that. I think we want to hear that. We love what he has done at the football club. He has made massive changes. It is strange actually because never before have myself and Frank and people like Didier had that communication with him. It's hard sometimes because people think me and other key players in the team are going in demanding this and this, but when you've got an owner coming in after games demanding to know why we didn't play well and why we didn't score two or three goals or why this happened or that happened, you can sit down and talk a bit.

Listen, he is a very successful businessman and makes all the final decisions. He likes to have the opinion of the players. We are the ones living and breathing the football life and if he can make a really small improvement for us on or off the pitch he tries to do it. And he wants to know the feedback from the lads, what is working and not working. It's great because he understands football. He watches so many games and understands the game very well and he's put an awful lot in. He wants to know why and how we can improve all the time. I think it's great we can have that relationship with him.

When I go in I don't go in thinking I'm all important. I just think as captain I have been here an awful long time and I have seen many changes. I think from a player and a fans' point of view at times you want to be reassured where the club is aiming to be. As soon as we spoke there was never an issue. From a players' point of view collectively we have had a great pre-season and it is great to hear about the ambition of Roman."

John Terry then went onto speak further about talks with the club about their plans to bring in players and tie down key players on new deals:

"Chelsea have assured me they have made big and substantial offers for two or three players and it just wasn't enough," Terry said. "We weren't prepared to go that step forward. It is obviously a very difficult market. We thought players maybe would be going on the cheap because of the circumstances worldwide financially, but it doesn't seem to be the case.

There have been players in the side – Ashley [Cole], Didier – Flo's [Florent Malouda] just signed a new deal as well. He was really good towards the end of last season. I just wanted to make sure that these people would be staying," Terry added. "I've not come in and sat down with Peter [Kenyon, chief executive] or Roman to get a new contract. I've still got three years left on my deal and I've said from day one to Peter and anyone who'll listen that this isn't about a new contract for me. It's never been about a new deal for me. I've got three years left. If the club comes to me in the next few months, obviously I'll sit down with them and talk. It's as simple as that."

So let's hope that after reading this interview any Chelsea fans (and there still are those people out there) that ever doubted John Terry's committment to Chelsea (as I posted yesterday) should now be in the same position and mind set as the rest of us, that he is Chelsea and it was never about leaving Chelsea or the money.

For me what is also great in this interview is the detail he speaks about Roman Abramovich and let's face it for a time last season we all were wondering about his involvement in the club. He used to miss games during Scolari's reign as it was always made a point of by the TV camera's at the ground for the world to see his seat empty and private box curtains drawn. But, this interview and also the footage that we all saw last season when he made the decision to get rid of Scolari where he is back at the training ground shows he is 100% committed to Chelsea and to our future which can only be good for Chelsea.

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