Chelsea captain John Terry to leave club at end of season


On Monday, Terry announced that he would be ending his long-term association with Chelsea after falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, but he has suggested that he intends to continue his playing career.

The 36-year-old former England central defender has made over 700 appearances for the west London side.

You've been carrying this team, this club for 22 years with the same passion, the same desire to win for @chelseafc and our fans.

'I feel I still have regular football in me but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited.

Having come through the junior ranks, Terry made his senior debut for Chelsea in 1998, before being appointed captain in 2004.

Bournemouth, who made an offer in January, are just one of many clubs looking to capitalise.

The centre-back concluded by saying that he has always had a fantastic relationship with the club, which he said "will continue beyond my playing days".

John Terry won't make a decision on where he will play next until after Chelsea's season has finished.

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Previously, JT had promised that he would never sign for another Premier League team, but so far, all the rumors that have emerged since the announcement have him linked with just those sorts of teams.

"Then I realized who you were from your first speech right before our first friendly game vs @celticfc".

On the Easter weekend, news broke from Chelsea that John Terry, perhaps the club's greatest ever player, was set to finally leave the club after decades of loyal service.

"I've learnt so many things from you at this club to which you have dedicated more than 20 years with passion".

However, he was twice stripped of the England captaincy, before being banned for four matches and fined £220,000 for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, meaning he missed the Champions League final where the Blues lifted the trophy.

He was chosen as the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year in 2005 and won 78 England caps before retiring from worldwide duty. "I will never forget the incredible journey we've been on".

"I'm not really sure who it suits, maybe John Terry a little bit, but I'm not even sure about that".