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Ex-Chelsea star Ashley Cole has admitted he was ‘sad to hear John Terry’s career at Chelsea will end as a player’ at the end of current season, as he wrote on his Instagram official account.

@johnterry.26 sad to hear this great story of your career at @chelseafc will end as a player. What you have achieved at one club is magnificent. It was a pleasure to play along side you: the captain, the leader the warrior. We have shared blood sweat and tears in that blue shirt…I’m proud of you my friend”

Ashley Cole

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Chelsea back-up goalkeeper Asmir Begovic wanted to share his feelings by posting this picture on his Instagram official account. The Bosnia-Erezegovina star paid tribute to teammate John Terry after the Blues’ captain announced he’ll leave the club at the end of season.

The message read: “Absolute privilege to have played with the Premier League’s best ever defend for the past 2 seasons. Fantastic captain and team mate. Wish you and your family all the best for the future and hopefully finish this season in a fitting way!”

Begovic Terry Instagram

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John Terry will not play for Chelsea next season: few moments after this news was announced, Frank Lampard posted this touching message on his social media to praise and honour JT and his carrer with The Blues:

The last man standing of an incredible era for @chelseafc.

What a pleasure to play with the greatest defender in the @premierleague history.

He led the club both on and off the pitch from the moment he made his debut.

He set standards for everyone, whether it was demanding excellence in training, fighting for every win or respecting how fortunate we were to play for such a great club.

He was, and is, a legend, not just for his talent but just as much for his desire to get the best out of himself and others around him.

That’s what made him the most successful captain in the club’s history. Off the pitch a great friend to not just me but so many at the club and outside of it. The countless things I’ve seen JT do to help people outside of the game, things that not many see, are what defines him as a man.

@johnterry.26 you deserve every accolade you get over the next weeks and beyond and I hope you get what you deserve and lift two massive trophies at the end of the season(just to add to the tally).

Whatever you do next I know everyone will respect your decision and I know that the Chels will always be Lampardyour club. Absolute respect #jt #captain #leader #legend

 

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This is the official statement with whom Chelsea and legendary captain John Terry announced that they will not renew their deal in the end of this season, with the English skipper leaving the club where he played his whole career:

John Terry and Chelsea Football Club today jointly announce our captain will leave the club at the end of the season.

Everybody at Stamford Bridge would like to express our enormous gratitude to John and wish him the very best of luck for the future.

John has given us more than two decades of dedicated and exceptional service. In that time he has displayed the utmost pride at wearing the Chelsea shirt, something he has done on 713 occasions since his debut in 1998, scoring 66 goals. He is the club’s third highest all-time appearance-maker and has captained Chelsea a record 578 times.

This season he has featured less on the field but remained an influential and inspirational member of the squad which, under Antonio Conte’s guidance, sits top of the Premier League.

Throughout his career ‘JT’ has contributed immensely to us achieving consistent success unequalled in the club’s history. He has won the Champions League, four Premier League titles, the Europa League, five FA Cups and three League Cups. His 14 major honours make him our most decorated individual of all time.

Terry said: ‘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.

‘The club and I have always had a fantastic relationship, which will continue beyond my playing days. 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 Chelsea will be limited for me. 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 Chelsea player with more silverware.

‘Finally, words cannot describe the love I have for our football club and our amazing Chelsea fans. I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for the unbelievable support you’ve shown me over the years. You mean the world to me and every trophy we’ve won during my time at the club we’ve won together. I will never forget the incredible journey we’ve been on. Thank you so much for everything.’

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘Everyone at Chelsea would like to place on record our thanks to John for all he has done for this football club. He has been an outstanding player, inspirational captain and has always demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the cause.

‘In that time, Chelsea has grown into one of the world’s top clubs and it is only right that John’s contribution is recognised. He will always be held in the highest regard by everybody at Stamford Bridge and we look forward to welcoming him back in the future.’

Both the club and John look ahead to the possibility of him returning to us in a non-playing capacity, when he will be able to share his unparalleled experience with players, staff and fans alike.

John’s outstanding qualities as a footballer, particularly his defensive skills, have deservedly received widespread recognition and admiration. He is one of just five defenders to have won the PFA Player of the Year award and was named in the FIFA/FIFPro World Team of the Year five seasons running. He is both the club’s and the Premier League’s all-time top-scoring defender and earned 78 England caps before retiring from international football in 2012.

His longevity is testament not only to his ability but also his professionalism and dedication. Countless times he returned early from injury, playing through pain but never allowing his performances to drop, and repeatedly putting his body on the line and in the way of opposing attackers, all for the benefit of Chelsea Football Club.

He is, as the famous banner reads, our captain, leader, legend, and we wish John the very best of luck in the next chapter of his magnificent career.

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After his injury while filming an NBA promotional video at Cobham which kept him out of the clash vs Manchester United, Thibaut Courtois expects to be fit for Fa Cup semifinal vs Tottenham.

The Belgian goalkeeper told his friends he will be ready for the London derby which will be played on Saturday at Wembley.

If confirmed, this will be a major boost for Chelsea and manager Antonio Conte and their hope to reach the Fa Cup final.

 

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Karim Benzema spoke about Eden Hazard: the French striker hopes the Belgan star will be one of his team-mates next season at Real Madrid.

“Hazard is a very good player,” – Benzema told Telefoot. – “After that, what can I say about him? I haven’t heard the transfer reports, but of course he would be a good signing. He’s a player I like a lot and I appreciate a lot. That’s it, I wish him all the best.”

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Former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has praised Manchester United’s performance against Chelsea after José Mourinho’s side beat Antonio Conte 2-0 at home yesterday.

“The spare man for Manchester United was at the back, – Murphy told Match of the Day – It meant Costa went 2 v 1 with Bailly, Rojo and Herrera did a man-for-man on Hazard wherever he was on the pitch. It didn’t matter where he went, he followed him – that was his job”.

“Matteo Darmian pushed in, even though he was like a third centre-half, and followed Pedro everywhere. You had Pogba and Fellaini in the middle of the park, matched up with Kante and Matic”.

Chelsea were stopped on the flanks as “Young and Valencia, with their athleticism and pace, were against Chelsea’s wing-backs”.

“Then, of course, it was two players against the three instead of one, which many teams do against Chelsea in Lingard and Rashford: the front two caused them all sorts of problems”.

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Former Spurs and Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov is not surprised by recent performances of Mauricio Pochettino’s men, as they deserve to be where they are.

The Bulgarian star, who is currently a free-agent looking for a new team, told Sky Sport’s Goals: “Tottenham are one of the challengers [for the title]. They are where they’re supposed to be,” 

“Spurs goals aren’t lucky, they play from defence to midfield to the strikers with accuracy…I would love to play in this team”.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmit Begovic came back to the Blues’ starting XI yesterday, when he replaced Thibaut Courtois, who suffered an ankle injury ahead of Manchester United clash.

“I think the defeat is down to a combination of things. United were more aggressive, they won second balls and probably wanted it more, – he told the Telegraph – They got a great start and then went on from there. We need to be better going forward. We have a lot of match-winners, it was not just a case of Eden Hazard being man marked and taken out the game”.

Now Tottenham are 2nd with 71 points on Premier League table and put pressure on Chelsea, anyway the Bosnia-Erezegovina star is confident that his side ‘can bounce back’ from the last disappointing defeat at Old Trafford.

“We weren’t at it today but we have a lot of character and can bounce back. – Begovic added – We have a four-point advantage and at the start of the season we would have taken it at this stage. If win our games it doesn’t matter what Spurs do.”

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