Chelsea Announces Captain John Terry will leave at end of Season

The Blues announced on Monday that 36-year-old Terry will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season and he plans to carry on playing football elsewhere.

Chelsea now sits four points atop the Premier League and is on course to winning the Premeir League in Antonio Conte's first season in charge of the club.

Swansea could offer Terry a coaching-role at the club, should he opt to take the opportunity.

Terry has lifted four Premier League titles during his time in west London as well as five FA Cups and a hat-trick of League Cups.

He is the club's third highest all-time appearance maker, behind Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti, and holds the club record for appearances as captain.

With so many new players linked with the Blues in recent weeks, it seems highly likely that Chelsea will be a markedly different place by the beginning of the 2017-18 campaign-particularly given their leader Terry will no longer be in the dressing room.

John Terry is seeking a contract at a new club that would enable him to remain living in Surrey when he ends his 22-year association with Chelsea at the end of the season.

Terry was previously offered a chance to play there by ex- Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola, during his time at Al-Arabi. Whatever personal loyalty the club has to him, Antonio Conte hasn't seen fit to use him in what has been, until recently at least, a comfortable jaunt to the Premier League title.

Terry was named PFA Player of the Year in 2005 and collected 78 England caps before retiring from the global scene. He led the club both on and off the pitch from the moment he made his debut.

In an Instagram post dedicated to Terry, he wrote: "The last man standing of an incredible era for Chelsea". You mean the world to me and every trophy we've won during my time at the club we've won together. Terry is synonymous with Chelsea's rise to English and continental dominance as well providing that bit of assholery that every successful club needs. Then I realised who you were from your first speech right before our first friendly game vs Celtic.

Terry as part of the visiting Chelsea FC squad in Sydney in 2015.

  • Julie Sanders