Terry to leave Chelsea but wants to keep playing

Ross Houston
April 25, 2017

CAPTAIN John Terry has confirmed he will end his 22-year association with Chelsea at the end of the season, but plans to keep on playing.

The end of an era was heralded at Chelsea on Monday as John Terry announced that he will depart after this season to pursue one final challenge before retirement.

The 36-year-old, who has made 713 appearances for Chelsea, leaves Stamford Bridge as the most decorated player in the club's history. He's one of the greats of the Premier League era and number one for me.

As the key man in Chelsea's resurgence following its takeover by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, Terry was also part of four Premier League title wins, and five FA Cup triumphs.

Chelsea's captain John Terry acknowledges applauds from spectators during a football training session in Sydney on June 1, 2015.

Despite his lack of minutes this season, Wilkins does not think Terry's time in the English top-flight is over and believes a move to West Ham United could suit both club and player, with the Hammers' defence in need of major surgery.

"I never played against him but I managed teams against him, against Chelsea and maybe four times against England with Croatia".

In an Instagram post, Lampard said that Terry was one certainly up with the greatest defenders of all times in world football.

The former England captain indicated in the statement that he will be looking to continue his playing career leading to a host of clubs being linked with Terry. "When I first met you and didn't know who you were but said to me "'welcome to Chelsea'.

"Never say never, but to be fair I'm not thinking about that right now".

However, having only played a bit-part role for the Italian so far this season, it's unlikely that that will change at this point and so it remains to be seen whether or not Terry gets a flawless send off.

"The news of Terry leaving is incredibly odd timing, I don't get it at all", the former United defender told Monday Night Football.

He retired from worldwide football in 2012 after winning 78 England caps and signed a one-year contract extension with the Blues in May 2016.

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