Terry not in charge of buying
John Terry has dismissed suggestions that he influences the players targeted by Chelsea.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 03/08/09 10:06am
Chelsea captain John Terry has dismissed suggestions that he influences the players targeted by the club.
Terry's own future has been uncertain this summer following public interest from cash-rich Manchester City.
But the England skipper recently stressed his commitment to the Blues ahead of the 2009/10 season.
However, it has since been claimed that Terry, who has made over 300 appearances for Chelsea, plays a part in determining who the club could buy this summer.
Chelsea have reportedly seen a bid for midfielder Andrea Pirlo turned down by AC Milan, leading to reports that Terry suggested the club pursue the Italian.
However, Terry told the Daily Mirror: "I want to clear something up. I'm a player and it's the manager and board who make those decisions.
"The only thing I spoke about with the club was it was important people like Didier (Drogba) and Ashley Cole, whose contracts are up now, stay with us. It was important to me that we build around the current squad and it was right for them to stay.
"Now people are saying I'm asking for Andrea Pirlo to be signed and I'm asking for this player or that player to be signed. I promise you I never get involved in any players brought in or going.
"What I know 100 per cent is I'm a player and I want to concentrate on that and leave it to the manager and board to make the signings."