John Terry will bid farewell to his 22-year love story with Chelsea Football Club at the end of this season as the side continues its pursuit to win the Premier League for the fifth time. The Blues are in good shape with a four-point gap over their closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
However, Chelsea will feel the pressure ahead of the all-important FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham later this week.
Apart from being the league’s most consistent defender, Terry has advanced to be the finest of all captains in the history of England football. Even in Sri Lanka, John Terry is admired for his good work over the past decade or so. He is a respected sports personality and a well-known figure in many countries around the world.
In his 22 year service at Chelsea, Terry has won 14 major honors and made 713 appearances. As captain, Terry has four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League a year later.
“The club and I have always had a fantastic relationship, which will continue beyond my playing days. We had some really positive talks but with everything taken into careful consideration, I have decided it’s the right time for me to leave. I’ve always been conscious that I depart at the right time, in the right way, and I feel that the end of this season is the right time for the club. I feel I still have plenty to offer on the pitch but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited for me. I’m eager to carry on playing and so will be looking to continue with a new challenge,” Terry said in a statement on Monday.
Lately, Terry has had some lucrative offers from China, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America. Premier League club Bournemouth is also a potential destination for the 36-year-old.
Under Antonio Conte, John Terry has found life tough this season. Featuring in just five Premier League games, Terry feels his opportunities are limited at Chelsea. Furthermore, considering the side’s future, Terry understands the importance of utilizing youngsters, especially the likes of French international Kurt Zouma.
“He has been an outstanding player, inspirational captain, and has always demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the cause. In that time, Chelsea has grown into one of the world’s top clubs and it is only right that John’s contribution is recognized. He will always be held in the highest regard by everybody at Stamford Bridge and we look forward to welcoming him back in the future,” said Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
In the course of his career at Chelsea, the only other club Terry has played for was Nottingham Forest during a six-game loan spell in 2000. Terry’s dedication can be matched by none but former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams is ofted compared to him as the Premier League’s greatest captains of all time.
Someday, Terry intends to return to Chelsea to work amongst the coaching staff and maybe as the head coach to continue from where he stopped.
“Wearing the armband and being your captain has been without a doubt one of the proudest achievements of my life. I only hope I’ve been able to repay you with my commitment and loyalty throughout my career, and I look forward to returning to this great club in some capacity in the future. I want to stress that the journey is not yet over. There is a long way to go and we are committed to ending this campaign on a high. I am fully focused on helping the team and manager in every way I can from now until the end of the season,” concluded JT.
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