John Terry has not been offered a new contract for next season by Chelsea and is likely to leave when his current deal expires in the summer.
Terry joined the club more than twenty years ago as a fourteen year old and helped the club to a farm of silverware including, a Champions League trophy, four English Premiership titles and 5 English FA cup titles.
According to Terry, he would have loved to remain at Chelsea into the future, but has conceded the club is going in another direction.
An insider at the club still believes that things could change and a fresh contract may well be put on the table for the skipper.
John Terry has amassed 696 matches for Chelsea Football Club but is not looking to retire just yet. He has made it clear that playing for another team in England is definitely not an option for him, choosing to represent a club not in the English premier league. He concedes no squad member should be above the club and Chelsea will recruit a few central defenders to replace him.
Terry feels he is still in good enough shape to play on for a few more top flight seasons. He was hoping the stance not to offer him contract would change when Jose Mourinho left the club in December, and was replaced by Dutchman Guus Hiddink, but the stance remains the same from the club. Terry stated his desire was to end his playing days at the West London club, but unfortunately it has not turned out that way.
The unnamed club insider on Sunday revealed that while there is no offer to extend Terry’s contract at the moment, the stance might change during the remaining months of this season because of the high levels of respect Chelsea has for their longstanding and outstanding captain and leader.
A former Chelsea favorite in the 1999/2000 EPL campaign, Chris Sutton, received the news of Terry’s likely exit with disappointment, stating that Chelsea do not show high enough levels of respect to the loyal and outstanding servants of the club. He added that for the 20 years that Terry has represented Chelsea, a bit more should be shown by the club. Another former Chelsea player, Graeme Le Saux believes Terry still has a lot to offer.
Mark Lawrenson, the ex-Liverpool defender says Terry was so good, he could play with everyone at the club over his more than decade career in the Premiership, adding that Terry would most likely join another former blues legend in the US Soccer league, Frank Lampard.
The 477 English Premier League matches John Terry has played for one club only come behind EPL legends Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Ryan Giggs. No Defender has scored more goals ever in the Premiership than Terry, who has scored forty.
Last season, when Chelsea marched to the English Premiership title, Terry played every single minute of the campaign. Things changed at the start of the current season, when Terry was dropped to the bench, even somewhat being humiliated by being tactically substituted against Manchester city at half time. Coincidentally Chelsea suffered multiple defeats and recorded their worst ever start to the Premier League season.
John Terry’s long career suffered many glittering highs, but also many lows. Highs included being named the best defender under UEFA three times, winning a Champions League medal and lifting the double in 2010. Lows tainting his outstanding career included a missed penalty kick in a losing cause in the 2008 Champions league final and perhaps most famously being stripped of the England captaincy for issues including racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand in a league game and having an affair with an England teammate Wayne Bridges’ partner .