Mark Hughes Admits He 'Held Talks' With Chelsea Skipper John Terry in Attempt to Lure Him to Stoke

David Pepper

Mark Hughes has admitted that he held talks with out-of-favour Chelsea defender John Terry about a possible move to Stoke City.  Terry is in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge and has often been overlooked by boss Antonio Conte this season. 

The 36-year-old has been limited to ten appearances all season, as Conte has preferred a back three combination of  Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill.

Stoke face Chelsea on Saturday afternoon and ahead of the clash, Hughes claimed he spoke to the former England defender about a move to the Bet-365 stadium and the opportunity to provide Terry with more first-team football.

"I played with John when he was just starting off and it was a conversation after the Chelsea game in terms of what he's going to do," he told ​​​the Mirror.

"You'd imagine he's looking to have one or two seasons where he's playing regularly. So you look for opportunities that will give him that."

Terry was also linked with another Premier League move to Bournemouth in January. The Cherries were keen on taking the Chelsea defender on loan until the end of the season, following Nathan Ake's recall to Stamford Bridge.

Apart from a short loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 2000, the Chelsea skipper has spent his entire career at Chelsea where he has enjoyed plenty of success.

Hughes also implied the Potters would not renew their interest in Terry as they look to secure Bruno Martins Indi on a permanent deal. Hughes added: " We have gone a long way down the line with Bruno and when you're contracting players that really impacts on whether you're going to pursue anybody else."

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