John Terry To End 17 Year Stint With Chelsea

John Terry

John Terry will be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season after his contract with the club was not renewed. The former England skipper says he will not represent another English club but hopes to continue his playing career.The Chelsea captain confirmed this after yesterday match with MK Dons, he said  '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 went on to explain: '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.'

On his and Chelsea's future plans, the former England skipper added: 'We spoke about my legacy and coming back to the club when I finish. The most important thing now is to get us up the league.

'I didn't feel as though I was playing great in the first four or five games of the season, like everyone in the team, and the performances showed that.

'But since then myself and everyone else has picked up back to where we are. All I can do is keep my head down and plug on because it'll be my last year at the club.

'The club will move on. No player is ever bigger than the club. Ideally I would have loved to stay, but the club's moving in a different direction.

'No doubt they'll sign one or two great centre-backs. I want to come back as a Chelsea supporter in years to come with my kids and see the team doing great. unfortunately that's not going to be with me, but I want to see the team do well. It's going to be my last year and I want to go out at the top.'

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