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Hughes still keen to land Terry
19 Jul 2009 - 12:28:30
Mark Hughes remains keen to bring Chelsea and England captain John Terry to Manchester City.
City have had two bids for Terry rejected by Chelsea who insist their club captain is not for sale.
Hughes is refusing to give up the fight to land Terry though and is only too aware that he needs to add some defensive solidity to his squad.
"It's well documented that we put in a bid and that was rejected," Hughes told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.
"He's a player I know, I played alongside him at Chelsea and I admire him as a person and captain from afar.
"He's obviously the type and calibre of player we need if we're going to progress and compete at the top level.
"Chelsea have come out very strongly, in no uncertain terms, saying that he's not available, so we have to reflect that position because John is very much a Chelsea player.
"But we need to address the defensive strength of our side and we'll look at all options."
Reports on Sunday suggested Chelsea were ready to lodge an official complaint about City's alleged 'tapping up' of Terry but a spokesman for the Premier League has said that no such complaint has been made.