John Terry Announces Plan To Leave Chelsea At End Of Season

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Chelsea captain John Terry has announced he will be leaving at the end of the season after more than two decades at Stamford Bridge.

The 36-year-old defender is the Blues’ most decorated player, having won four Premier Leagues, five FA Cups, a Europa League and three League Cups.

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He has made 713 appearances since his debut in 1998 – 578 of them as captain.  He also has a Champions League winner’s medal.

“I will always be a Blue and am desperate to end my final season as a Chelsea player with more silverware,”  

“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 and I.

“I’m eager to carry on playing and so will be looking to continue with a new challenge.

“Words cannot describe the love I have for our club and our amazing fans. You mean the world to me and I will never forget the incredible journey we’ve been on.”

John Terry who has scored 66 goals for the club he joined as a 14-year-old, and his debut for Chelsea as a 17-year-old in a 1998 League Cup match.

John Terry

Terry has played almost all of his career at Chelsea other than six loan appearances for Nottingham Forest in 2000 and has scored 40 Premier League goals over 19 years.He has played almost all of his career at Chelsea, other than six loan appearances for Nottingham Forest in 2000.

He has made just four Premier League starts this season and is one of just five defenders to have won the PFA Player of the Year award.

He is the club’s third highest all-time appearance maker, behind Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti, and holds the club record for appearances as captain.

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

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said, John Terry will always be held in the highest regard by everybody at Stamford Bridge and that they look forward to welcoming him back in the future.

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Frank Lampard has paid tribute to  John Terry, describing him as the “greatest defender in Premier League history.”

The former midfielder wrote on his Instagram account:

“The last man standing of an incredible era for Chelsea.

“What a pleasure to play with the greatest defender in the Premier League history. In fact, I’d put him up with any defender in world football of any era. He led the club both on and off the pitch from the moment he made his debut.”

“He set standards for everyone, whether it was demanding excellence in training, fighting for every win or respecting how fortunate we were to play for such a great club.

“He was, and is, a legend, not just for his talent but just as much for his desire to get the best out of himself and others around him. That’s what made him the most successful captain in the club’s history.

“Off the pitch a great friend to not just me but so many at the club and outside of it. The countless things I’ve seen JT do to help people outside of the game, things that not many see, are what defines him as a man.

“John Terry you deserve every accolade you get over the next weeks and beyond and I hope you get what you deserve and lift two massive trophies at the end of the season (just to add to the tally)

“Whatever you do next I know everyone will respect your decision and I know that the Chels will always be your club. Absolute respect.”

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