English Premier League (EPL) club Chelsea’s legendary center back John Terry has not been offered a new contract and will leave the club at the end of the season.
Terry joined Chelsea when he was 14 years old and has since won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League with the Blues.
“Ideally, I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction.” Terry said, as reported by BBC.
Chelsea have not made an official decision regarding their captain’s departure. Rumors circulate that the former England captain may be offered a new deal.
The 35-year-old made his debut against Aston Villa in the League Cup in 1998. Terry has featured 696 times for Chelsea. He is hoping to take his career forward however not with any other English club.
“I’m playing great and I’ve got a couple of years to go.” Terry added.
Terry has played 477 games for Chelsea in the Premier League. Only Ryan Giggs, Jamie Carragher, Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard have managed to play more games for a single club in the league.
Terry is the second highest-scoring defender in the Premier League history with 40 goals to his name. He became the captain of the Chelsea side and embarked upon the most successful spell in the club’s history.
The current season is not the one to remember for the Champions League winner. Former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho kept Terry benched for most of the season. Mourinho was eventually sacked and was replaced by temporary manager Guus Hiddink.
“I think he still has a role to play. For most of his career at Chelsea, anyone could play with him, he was that good” Graeme Le Saux, former Chelsea defender said.
Many have predicted that the Englishman will join former team-mate Frank Lampard at New York City FC in the Major League Soccer (MLS).
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