After seven months of mutterings regarding his future, Chelsea stalwart John Terry has announced that he will indeed be partying ways with the Blue’s after 22 trophy laden years.
In a joint statement with his beloved club, the former England captain was thanked for his outstanding contribution.
John Terry and Chelsea Football Club today jointly announce our captain will leave the club at the end of the season https://t.co/zQZe6zPLGC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 17, 2017
Indeed Terry followed up the sentiments with the following;
“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.
Chelsea’s most successful ever club captain, Terry first appeared in the famous blue shirt in 1998, coming in as a late substitute in a League Cup tie with Aston Villa.
Since then, Terry has led the side to four Premier League crowns, four FA Cups, three League Cups and a famous Champions League win, under the stewardship of various managers.
Whilst the no nonsense centre half has gained tabloid notoriety following a series of public scandals, Terry deserves to be mentioned among the pantheon of great English centre half’s.
Now 36, Terry leaves the club with an almighty 713 appearances under his belt, 578 of which he made as captain.
With a steady head, an exemplary reading of the game and a wealth of experience, not doubt the defender will find a wealth of potential suitors willing to take a punt on him, all despite being close to his final curtain call.
What a servant.