John Terry. Captain, Leader, Legend. This is what the Chelsea fans say about their captain. Well now, we can add Leaving to that list. The 35-year old centre back has tonight confirmed that he will bring his 18-year stay at Stamford Bridge to an end this summer.
John Terry was told midweek that his Chelsea contract would not be renewed at the end of the season, but the defender intends to carry on playing.
The former England Captain has won it all, including 4 Premier League titles, 5 FA cup winners medals, 3 League cups, 1 Champions League and 1 Europa League Title, making him one of the most decorated English players to play the game. Terry was told the situation may change on the appointment of a permanent manager, but Terry is resigned to his departure.
It’s not going to be a fairytale ending. I’m not going to retire at Chelsea. I was in last week before the Arsenal game and it’s not going to be extended. It’s a no at the minute. I needed to know now like I have done every January and sometimes it takes a couple of months to get done. Unfortunately it was a no. It took me a couple of days to get over.
My performance isn’t going to change – the way I train, what I give for the club. I want to give everything and finish on a high, on 100% good terms with the club.
Terry’s departure is the end of an era, as he was a part of the spine of a great Chelsea team. Peter Cech, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba have all moved on.
Terry insists he won’t play for another Premier League team and the MLS would be the bookmakers favourite destination for him to see out his career.