Chelsea’s number one captain, John Terry who joined the club at 14, during his school days, has decided this is the right time for him to leave the club which nurtured him into stardom.
After 22 years at the English side, John Terry has announced his plans to leave Chelsea at the end of the season. Chelsea and John Terry released a joint statement confirming the news on Monday.
John Terry has not ruled not ruling out offers from other English clubs as he has hinted at extending his career in the Premier League next season. The outgoing captain had previously suggested he would not play for a rival English team.
He had maintained he wanted to finish his career at Stamford Bridge and that he would find it difficult to play against a team he has represented 713 times, leading them out as captain in a record 578 games. But following his announcement, his stance remains unknown.
In the statement announcing his exit at the end of the season, John Terry expressed his profound appreciation to the club management players and his fans for their love and support over the years.
…From coaches, team-mates and staff to the fans who have given me so much support down the years, I can’t thank you enough…
Though he has made up his mind, the Chelsea captain said he is committed to helping the team achieve success this season.
What’s next For John Terry
Though the 36-year-old has shown readiness to continue playing, he has not stated any specific future moves. Chelsea has encouraged Terry to consider venturing into coaching. The Premier League side according to reports, have explored the possibility of retaining him in a non-playing capacity, perhaps with coaching or ambassadorial responsibilities.
As it stands, Chelsea still anticipates the outgoing captain will one day return to Stamford Bridge in a managerial capacity, when he will be able to share his experience with players and staff.
Following his contract renewal in May 2016, Terry has played only 366 minutes in the Premier League under Antonio Conte this season. Terry, who has made 713 first-team appearances for the club since his debut in 1998, scored 66 goals and captained the team a record 578 times.
John Terry moved to Chelsea at 14, playing for the club’s youth and reserve teams. Terry who joined the club on a Youth Training Scheme (YTS) stage, signed professional terms with the club when he was 16. He was moved to centre-back, the position he plays today, due to a shortage of central defenders at the time.
Chelsea’s captain made his first appearance for the Blues in 1998 after progressing through the club’s youth ranks. He was named UEFA Club Defender of the Year in 2005, 2008 and 2009, PFA Players Player of the Year in 2005, and was included in the FIFPro World XI for five consecutive seasons, from 2005 to 2009.
John Terry has won 14 major honors including four Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League during his time at Stamford Bridge. He is one of five players to have made over 500 appearances for Chelsea and is also the club’s all-time highest scoring defender.