Leaving Blues was Terry's 'toughest decision'

John Terry won't be playing for Chelsea next season.

This is not the first time that Swansea have made a move for a Chelsea legend, with Frank Lampard revealing to Goals on Sunday that Paul Clement, who has worked with both Terry and Lampard, made an offer to Lampard to finish his career at Swansea, but Lampard declined.

'I feel I still have regular football in me but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited.

Stoke are reportedly one of the Premier League clubs ready to offer Terry the chance to prolong his career in England but they will face competition from the likes of Bournemouth and West Brom, while the defender also has lucrative offers from overseas to consider.

Terry will leave Chelsea at the age of 36 having captained the Blues through their most successful period.

As captain, Terry has four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League a year later.

"I am fully focused on helping the team and manager in every way I can until the and of the season". "You mean the world to me and I will never forget the incredible journey we've been on".

"This has been the toughest decision of my life for me and my family, but I always envisaged leaving on the right terms, in the right way and at the right time - and that is now. 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", said Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.

Terry was named PFA Player of the Year in 2005 and collected 78 England caps before retiring from the global scene. Still, life goes on and for Terry, that means a new team and perhaps a new league as he seems intent on playing for a bit longer.

Bournemouth, who made an offer in January, are just one of many clubs looking to capitalise. He did not rule out a move to another English club, but a strong suspicion remains that he will head for new shores when he hangs up his blue shirt.

  • Julie Sanders