Chelsea skipper John Terry has confirmed last night that he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season and also assured the fans, his next destination will be away from Premier League.
The veteran English defender’s current contract ends at the end of June, but surprisingly the Blues hierarchy have decided not to give him a renewal despite being a legendary figure at Stamford Bridge.
Terry is now believed to be preparing himself for a career abroad, with Major League Soccer a most likely destination for the ex-England captain.
When speaking after the 5-1 victory against MK Dons, Terry revealed: “To be honest, I was in last week before the Arsenal game and it’s not going to be extended.
“It’s my last run in the FA Cup so I want to make it a good one. It’s a big season for me and I want to push on – not just in this competition but in the Premier League as well. I knew before the Arsenal game so mentally I’ve kind of accepted it. We just have to move on.” He knew the ultimate decision of the club hierarchy before the Arsenal game last weekend, still didn’t reveal it.
The Blues skipper has also decided about his future: “They said that when the new manager comes in, things might change. 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’s not going to be a fairytale ending, I’m not going to retire at Chelsea. It’s going to be elsewhere which it took me a couple of days to get over.
“But like I say, I knew before the Arsenal game and my performance isn’t going to change – the way I train, what I give to the club. I want to give everything and finish on a high, on 100 per cent good terms with the club.
“We spoke about my legacy and coming back to the club when I finish. The most important thing now is to get us up the league.” He doesn’t want to rule out a return in future after retirement as a backroom staff for his beloved club.
When asked about the reason behind Chelsea’s decision, Terry clarified: “No, we didn’t get into it. I didn’t feel as though I was playing great in the first four or five games of the season, like everyone in the team, and the performances showed that. But since then myself and everyone else has picked up back to where we are. All I can do is keep my head down and plug on because it’ll be my last year at the club.”
He further said: “The club will move on. No player is ever bigger than the club. Ideally I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction. No doubt they’ll sign one or two great centre-backs. I want to come back as a Chelsea supporter in years to come with my kids and see the team doing great. Unfortunately that’s not going to be with me, but I want to see the team do well. It’s going to be my last year and I want to go out at the top.”
Terry’s departure definitely a big blow for the supporters but he did at least console the mourning fans by making a promise that he would never ever play for another English club.
He said: “I couldn’t do that to the Chelsea fans. I couldn’t play for another Premier League club. It will be elsewhere for sure. I don’t know where and I leave that to the people in charge. It certainly won’t be in the Premier League.
“My agent made the call like we do very January. He got told over the phone and I called to set up a meeting the following day. The club immediately set that up which was great of them to do that. I wanted to hear it face to face.
“They told me. Unfortunately it’s not going to be. I feel was though I’m in great nick, I’m playing great and I’ve got a couple of years to go. It’ll just be elsewhere.” May be Terry is a bit sad because he believes, he still had the form to continue with the Blues.
John Terry has been with Chelsea for his entire senior career, coming through the youth levels to emerge as the most successful captain in the club’s history.
The shock unexpected decision meant he will leave this summer after 18 long years in the first squad, winning 14 major honours. The Blues captain will put an end to his Stamford Bridge career as the club’s third highest appearance maker.