According to the Matt Law of the Telegraph, John Terry would jump at the chance to leave Aston Villa if Chelsea came knocking, but the report also states there’s been no offer from the Blues. So why has Law reported the story as if an impending approach is coming Terry’s way? The article has been interpreted by Birmingham Live, Read Chelsea and the Hull Daily Mail as a credible rumour, but it should be ignored as no evidence is given.
It’s not the first time Law has upset the Aston Villa fanbase and it won’t be the last if he continues to speculate and pass guesswork off as fact. Terry’s love for Chelsea isn’t a secret. His season-long move to Villa last season was down to not wanting to play in the same division as his former club. He boasts a wealth of experience after his successful playing career and might return to Chelsea one day.
The problem with the Telegraph piece is that it’s trying to build a narrative that Terry is nearing a move to Chelsea at the same time Maurizio Sarri’s future at Stamford Bridge is uncertain. Law states: “John Terry has become more visible around (Chelsea) the past fortnight” but that was explained by him watching Chelsea as a pundit. Chelsea haven’t been a club to show much sentiment to former players, so why Law has hinted about Terry returning as a coach is odd.
It’s also unfair to second-guess Terry’s intentions. He’s happy at Villa and won’t want supporters thinking he’s going to jump ship without warning.