Football can make a compelling case and even rival the best of Hollywood romantic movies. Even the Titanic might hide in its shadow when it comes to the love it brings. Even football looks sexy in play as long as you’re watching Pep Guardiola’s swashbuckling Barca team of a decade ago. However, there’s an identical subplot to both football and romance with the themes: breakup and heartbreak. For romance, it’s all about the end of an affair between two lovebirds. But in football, this could be in a scenario whereby a player or manager shows lack of loyalty by requesting a transfer to leave despite the club preference for him to stay. You can ask Spurs fans how they felt when Sol Campbell chose to join their fierce crosstown rivals, Arsenal. The reverberating wrath of Liverpool fans was keenly felt in relation to both Fernando Torres and Raheem Sterling decisions to join rival clubs, Chelsea and Manchester City. It was quite heartbreaking for the club and fans, and certainly both will never be revered in red half of Merseyside despite their successes there. Definitely, the bitter exit of Luiz Figo from Barcelona to Real Madrid is a top tenner in betrayal list. This shows there’s certainly an end to everything.
For everyone connected to Chelsea Football Club, there might just be a sign that the end is nigh for our Captain, Legend and Leader, John Terry, but the monosyllabic question is: when?. Could it be this season or next?. As for me like many of you also wish, I really don’t want JT (as he’s fondly called) to leave the club. How many one-club players can you think of in our new dispensation of weird transfers with Chinese moneybags offering tantalizing and irresistible mouthwatering offers to players? Without a doubt, loyalty is a lost cause that has been long thrown into the trash can. But in rank, we have a cult hero whose loyalty is supreme. He shares the club’s passion, a leader of honour and the embodiment of Chelsea’s cultural indoctrination. Here’s a testament to his unwavering love for the club in an interview he had with Piers Morgan.
Terry said: “I could never play for any Premier League club other than Chelsea”.
Such is his passion that he accepted a pay cut just to be at the club this season. Those tears after missing the decisive penalty in our Champions League final defeat to Manchester United in 2008 are priceless. It increased my passion for Chelsea. Even Conte has recognised Terry’s influence in the dressing room and the club:
“John is our captain and I think he’s doing a great job when he played,” said Conte.” Now that he’s not playing, he’s helping me a lot in the changing room, to send the right message to the players. This is fantastic. John loves this club”.
With reports linking him with a loan move to Bournemouth, could it be that be a case of broken promise JT’s part? Or is it a marriage of convenience which will eventually turn into a divorce especially because of his limited playing time this season and his diminishing possibility of getting a new deal for next season? Will he be lured by the Chinese money spending spree on offer? Whether or not he eventually leaves, nobody can begrudge him a move if he so wishes considering his band of old blue brothers – Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Petr Cech, Didier Drogba, have all left. Surely, he will do so as the last of a dying breed and will be worth a statue being erected for him to confirm his status as one of Chelsea’s legendary players and most successful captain of all times.
I’m still a true blue. Cheers!