JOHN TERRY has sensationally revealed he used Manchester City to earn himself a bigger contract at Chelsea.
The Blues legend and club captain was strongly linked with a move to the Etihad back in 2009.
Terry has previously revealed Manchester City had a £29million bid rejected by Chelsea, but no move materialised.
In the summer of that year though, the centre-half penned a new five-year deal at Stamford Bridge worth £150,000 a week.
And while he has been a huge success at Chelsea, fans may be shocked to hear how their skipper manipulated owner Roman Abramovich into strengthening his own position at the club.
On ITV’s show Play To The Whistle, host Holly Willoughby asked him: “You never thought about going to Man City?”
Terry replied: “No never.”
But he added: “Also, what that does to you is at the time you clearly want to stay.
“I met Roman [Abramovich] at the time and told him I want to stay.
“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.”
Under Antonio Conte, Terry’s days at Chelsea appear to be coming to an end, with the 36-year-old’s current deal expiring in June.
An extension is not forthcoming amid interest from China, which the former England captain did not rule out as a future option.
In the meantime, a title push is on despite Terry rarely featuring, with Chelsea 11 points clear of third-placed City.