“John Terry and Chelsea Football Club today jointly announce our captain will leave the club at the end of the season,” said a club statement.
The 36-year-old former
But, despite being
“I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season,” said Terry in a joint statement issued with
“After 22 years, there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club.”
Terry made his debut in 1998 and has captained
Terry’s medal-winning haul includes four Premier League titles, five FA Cups and three League Cups.
He also won the Europa League during Rafael Benitez’s brief stint as
Terry’s statement indicated that he could return to
“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
“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 am desperate to end my final season as a
22 years, 713 appearances, 66 goals, 14 major honours.
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“He will always be held in the highest regard by everybody at
There had been speculation that Terry might leave during the January transfer window, but former Italy manager Conte made it clear he wanted the veteran centre-half to stay for the remainder of the campaign.
“This squad needs him,” Conte said at the time. “He’s a great player, but also a great man and for me, it’s fantastic to have a person like him to help me in my first season at
“For this reason, I repeat, John stays with us.”
Terry, however, has not played for
Apart from a brief loan spell at
He was chosen as the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year in 2005 and won 78
But the end of his international career was overshadowed by allegations he racially abused Anton Ferdinand, the younger brother of his
After being stripped of the
But two weeks later, he was charged by the Football Association and he subsequently retired from