In a surpassing announcement , Chelsea captain John Terry has said he will leave the club in the summer when his contract expires, after the club decided not to offer him an extension.
Speaking after the Blues’ comfortable 5-1 FA Cup fourth round victory over MK Dons on Sunday, Terry confirmed reports that his contract at the club would not be extended beyond the end of the current campaign – revealing that the club had decided not to renew his deal.
“It’s my last run in the FA Cup so I want to make it a good one, Terry told reporters.
“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.”
Terry added: “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 for the club. I want to give everything and finish on a high, on 100 per cent good terms with the club.”
The 35-year-old has played for Chelsea his entire career, bar a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 2000. During his time at the club he has won every major trophy, including the Premier League (four times), the FA Cup (five times) and both the Champions League and Europa League once.
A lucrative move to either the United States or China is considered most likely for Terry, although it remains to be seen if the former England international will try to continue his career in European competition instead.
Terry’s former team-mate, Frank Lampard paid tribute to his former Chelsea team-mate John Terry after the defender announced he is set to leave the club in the summer.
Lampard, who left Stamford Bridge in 2014, posted a picture on Instagram of the pair celebrating together for Chelsea with the caption: ” #captain #legend #chelsea #winner @johnterry.26″
However, in an unfolding twist, Chelsea are insisting that they have not closed the door on the possibility of extending captain John Terry’s contract beyond the summer according to ESPN FC.
According to a Chelsea spokesman,
“John requested a meeting with the club the week before last. In that meeting he asked about the possibility of an extension to his existing contract.
“John was advised that while no new deal was currently on the table, that situation could change in the coming months. The club has the utmost respect for John and everything he has helped us achieve to date.
“He is a fantastic servant of Chelsea Football Club and a superb captain and, as such, the club will keep the channels of dialogue open.
Credits: Eurosport, ESPN FC