I'm staying at Chelsea: Terry

LONDON: Chelsea captain John Terry has put an end to speculation that he might be tempted by a mega-money move to Manchester City by confirming that he was "totally committed" to staying at Stamford Bridge.

The 28-year-old issued a statement on Sunday suggesting that despite numerous reports to the contrary he had never contemplated quitting the London club.

"There has been a lot of speculation recently about my future and I want to clear this up once and for all," the England skipper said.

"I am totally committed to Chelsea and always have been.

"Chelsea have also made it clear to me consistently that there was never any intention to accept any kind of offer."

City have had two offers rejected for Terry, but boss Mark Hughes was reportedly planning a fresh 35 million pounds bid for the defender.

Although Terry has spent his whole career at Chelsea and remains the club's most talismanic figure, it was believed City's offer to raise his wages to 200,000 pounds a week had forced the Blues skipper to consider his future.

A host of Chelsea players and new manager Carlo Ancelotti had made it clear they wanted Terry to stay.

Former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink said he expected Terry to remain with the London club.

The Dutchman, who led the club in a caretaker capacity from February until the end of the season before returning to his full-time role as Russia coach, told the BBC: "It depends always on the circumstances within the club and City have a lot of ambition. They want to be competitive with the top four.

"I haven't spoken with John, but if the team is competitive enough there shouldn't be any concern at Chelsea."