Chelsea skipper John Terry has revealed that he was the subject of a £29 million bid from big-spending Manchester City in 2009.
The 34-year-old has been on the London club's books for his entire senior career, but had the chance to join the revolution at the Etihad following the Abu Dhabi United Group's purchase of the Manchester outfit.
However, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was quick to reject the offer for Terry, who took that as a strong indicator that the club were determined to retain his services.
"Man City offered £29 million for me in 2009 and Chelsea turned it down," Terry told Sportsmail. "I had a meeting with Roman Abramovich about it.
"I said to him: 'if the club accepts the offer then it tells me you don't want me'. So then you haven't got a choice, you have got to go.
"But if they don't accept the offer, it tells me everything I need to know. Chelsea refused the offer and that was it."
When quizzed on his future plans, Terry ruled out a move to another English club, but did admit he would open to a move to the MLS in North America.
He added: "No, no chance [I'd play for another club in England]. America, maybe.
"Do I want to play? Of course I do. Physically I feel like I can still play. But then decisions come into it with your family. What if you go somewhere and it doesn't work out?"