Hughes accepts Terry defeat

15 March 2009 09:57
Manchester City boss Mark Hughes accepts John Terry is unlikely to be heading to Eastlands any time soon.[LNB] The Chelsea skipper was strongly linked with the Blues during the January transfer window, with Hughes ready to tempt the centre-half with a lucrative contract.[LNB]However, the England international, who has spent his entire career at Stamford Bridge, has made it clear that he has no intention of leaving Chelsea.[LNB]That stance has been reiterated in recent weeks, after speculation resurfaced, and Hughes has been forced to admit defeat in his pursuit of the talented 28-year-old.[LNB]"Any manager would be interested in John Terry but I can't see him coming on the market any time soon," said the Welsh coach.[LNB]Respect"John is an outstanding player, someone everyone in football has a great admiration for.[LNB]"He's a great guy and commands respect because of his attitude, application and the way he leads his team."[LNB]Hughes has also strenuously denied claims that City offered Brazilian superstar Robinho as bait in their efforts to sign Terry.[LNB]"Swapping Terry for Robinho was never on the agenda," he said.[LNB]"Chelsea had a real interest in Robbie (last summer) but he's our player now, thankfully."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports