Chelsea skipper John Terry has announced that he won’t be playing for the Blues beyond the summer.
The 35-year-old has revealed that the club has decided not to renew his contract, and he was informed of the decision before the last week’s win over Arsenal.
He said, following the FA Cup win over MK Dons: “I was in last week before the Arsenal game, and it’s not going to be extended. It’s my last run in the FA Cup, so I want to make it a good one.
“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.
“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 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.
“I couldn’t play for another Premier League club, so it will be elsewhere for sure.”
Some of the best reactions from Twitter:
— Tyrone (@TyroneOwenNo1) January 31, 2016
Genuinely stunned that #CFC are letting John Terry go. They’ve lost so many big characters. He will be irreplaceable.
— Ryan (@rtl104) January 31, 2016
— TheFootballRepublic (@TheFootballRep) January 31, 2016
John Terry reveals to the press that he’ll leave Chelsea at the end of the season as club will not renew his contract. Could’ve told us.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2016
Martin Keown on John Terry, in three words. pic.twitter.com/C34iShupxm
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) January 31, 2016
The end of an era.
— ESPN (@espn) January 31, 2016
The PL will lose one of their last iconic players once John Terry leaves this summer. Well played and congrats on a wonderful career
— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) January 31, 2016
Love him or loathe him, John Terry’s been a fantastic player & leader for Chelsea.
Met him a few times recently, liked him very much.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 31, 2016
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) January 31, 2016
I will miss John Terry just like how I missed Cech and Lampard and Drogba and Zola but YOU KNOW WHAT? IT’S THE FUCKING CYCLE OF FOOTY!
— Chelsea Lad (@Cfc_CJ_) January 31, 2016