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Chelsea captain, John Terry has announced that he is leaving the blues at the end of the season.

John Terry

According to reports, Terry was not offered a new contract by Chelsea.

The 35-year-old defender, who joined the Blues at the age of 14 and played 696 games for the club, has won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League with the Blues.

Since he made his 1998 debut, he has scored 66 goals and he is also the 3rd highest all-time appearance and has captained the team 578 times.

Terry said: “After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club. 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. There will be opportunities for me to speak further about this over the coming weeks.

“I will decide on my future in due course, but for now, I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season.

‘The club and I have always had a fantastic relationship, which will continue beyond my playing days. We had some really positive talks but with everything taken into careful consideration, I have decided it’s the right time for me to leave. 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 feel I still have plenty to offer on the pitch but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited for me. I’m eager to carry on playing and so will be looking to continue with a new challenge. I will of course always be a Blue and I’m desperate to end my final season as a Chelsea player with more silverware.

“Finally, words cannot describe the love I have for our football club and our amazing Chelsea fans. I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for the unbelievable support you’ve shown me over the years. You mean the world to me and every trophy we’ve won during my time at the club, we’ve won together. I will never forget the incredible journey we’ve been on. Thank you so much for everything.”

Since the announcement, several English clubs have expressed interest in signing John Terry and leading the pack is West Bromwich Albion.

He will be sorely missed by Chelsea fans, especially for his scoring and leadership qualities.

 
Written By Damilola Faustino
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