Wenger: “Terry was a real leader”

Wenger: “Terry was a real leader”

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has ruled out trying to sign Chelsea captain John Terry, but has said that the defender still possesses huge quality. 

Terry announced last Sunday that he would be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, having made his professional debut for the club in 1998.

It is believed that the former England captain will continue his career in the MLS, having stated that he will not represent another English side.

Wenger has also reiterated that he won’t be trying to sign the 34-year old, despite Terry being linked to several Premier League clubs:

No [he won’t sign] because he is at the end of his career and he has spent his career at Chelsea.

“If he wants to play longer, I am sure he will play for Chelsea.”

The Frenchman has also said that Terry is a leader of men on the pitch, and that it takes a certain talent to stay at the top for the length of time that he has:

“He was not only a great player, he certainly still is, but he was also a great coach on the pitch,” Wenger said.  

“I saw him here once at London Colney playing with the Under-21’s and the way he coached the team as a player was absolutely marvellous.

“He was a real leader and he had a great career as well, let’s not forget that. That’s never a coincidence. The guys who last such a long time have something special.”