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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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Chelsea skipper John Terry revealed the importance of FA Cup for British players, something a foreign footballer cannot fully understand:

“The FA Cup is part of the club’s history. I’ve won it five times personally and Cesc Fabregas knows what it’s all about,” the Blues captain told BT Sport after the win at Wolves.

“For us it means an awful lot, we’ve grown up with it and we’ve seen with the results today [Saturday] that the foreign guys don’t really understand because in other countries that doesn’t happen.

“Both sets of fans were different class and wherever you go it’s always difficult.”


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Chelsea captain John Terry was clearly satisfied after the win at Wolverhampton that meant qualification to FA Cup quarter finals for the Blues:

“The team are playing well,” the skipper said after the final whistle.

“I’ve said before it’s difficult for us to get back in.

“When we get opportunities like today it’s important that play well.

“[Fabregas] has been brilliant all season and he’s unlucky not to be playing.

“All we can do as a group of players is to be there for the ones that are playing, pushing them and making sure the manager knows that if needed we are available.”

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During the past days many transfer market were reporting that Swansea manager Paul Clement looked into getting Terry to help Swans’ survival bid, but the veteran centre-half has no plans to leave Chelsea.

Clement, that have been knowing the Blues skipper since he was Carlo Ancelotti‘s assistant at Stamford Bridge, had appeared to rule out any possibility of Terry joining Swansea at his unveiling last week.

“We have to be realistic,” said the head coach.

“I cannot ever see John wearing another shirt apart from Chelsea.”


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Chelsea captain John Terry reacted to defeat in the derby with Tottenham with a post on in his Instagram account, reminding to the Blues and their fans that they are still top of the table:

“Naturally we’re disappointed to lose tonight, but let’s not forget what a great run of games we have been on and the attitude and performances we have shown in these games to put us in this position,” the Chelsea skipper wrote in his message.

“We’re still top of the league and that’s where we want to be, come the end of May.

“We will pick ourselves up and go again.”

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Antonio Conte admitted that his captain’s help is really important, despite the Blues skipper having skipped most of this season’s game due to a couple of injuries.

Terry doesn’t miss a game, despite don’t being able to play, and always travels with the squad in the away games to be a good captain with his team-mates:

“I want to mention John Terry also, because John is very important for us,” Conte said speaking to Chelsea official website.

“Even when he’s not playing, he helps us a lot in the changing room and in the training sessions, and I want to say thanks to him as well because his support is very important.”

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Chelsea players enjoying the parade © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea captain John Terry reveals that watching other teams winning makes him sick:

“You miss that feeling of being the champions, being the best, and nothing can ever, ever replace that,” the Blues skipper told SFR Sport.

“When you see another team, whether that be Man United, Man City, Liverpool, whoever it is, Arsenal, lift the trophy at the end, I can’t even watch it. It hurts.

“This is why I want to still carry on playing, because that hunger is still there to be the best, to win trophies for my football club.”

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Gary Cahill celebrates the win over Spurs after final whistle © Francesca Ceciarini

Gary Cahill is being Chelsea captain during John Terry‘s absence and the English defender’s performances have improved a lot since Conte changed the tactical system to 3-5-2.

The Blues centre-back commented like this the win the derby against Spurs:

“It is a massive three points for us against a rival with a lot of history in this game,” he said to Chelsea TV.

“It was a big fixture and three points is all that mattered to us.

“Tottenham started very well, very bright, and we started poor which gave them a lot of momentum in the game. They got the early goal but we went in at half-time knowing we could find that second gear. I don’t think we clicked in the first half, going forward or defensively, and Dele Alli between the lines caused us a few problems early on.

“It was an unbelievable finish, a touch of class from Pedro,” he said about the Spaniard stunning equaliser.

“He whipped it into the top corner and that is the sort of player we have got, ones to change games like that. That was vital going in at half-time. We have been on the other side of that and it is not nice. The momentum shifts our way and we felt that, but coming out for the second half we knew we could play better and we did.”

“We felt we were losing a lot of duels and second balls all over the pitch, the scrappy part of the game. Tottenham were on top in that so we needed to make sure we tied that up in the second half.

“We dropped into our formation, got to grips with Dele Alli and in the second half we were reasonably comfortable.

“I am delighted for Victor [Moses] to get the second goal: he has been fantastic this season and it is another goal from him, an important goal.”

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Eden Hazard has already worn the Belgium captain armband during the opening World Cup qualifiers against Cyprus, Bosnia and Gibraltar and he will do it again in the clash against Estonia tomorrow night.

However, the Chelsea forward says he is less vocal on the pitch than club skipper John Terry:

“It’s good for me to be the captain,” Hazard admitted.

“But I can’t be like John Terry. As captain, I don’t talk too much. I try to talk with my feet on the pitch.

“My ambition is to lead Belgium to the World Cup, to win something for the country. I hope we can do it but it’s still far away.”

 “Maybe the system has helped me to find my form, we tried it in Belgium, now we do it with Chelsea.”


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