John Terry: "I don't really care what other people think"

Chelsea arranged with Sunderland that Terry could be substituted in the 26th minute of Sunday's Premier League game at Stamford Bridge has caused controversy.

It emerged it had been a pre-planned move as Terry revealed he had negotiated for the guard of honour he received from his team-mates with manager Antonio Conte.

Several persons have spoken out against the gesture, but the clubs will face no punishment, despite certain punters walking away with a mini fortune, having bet that Terry would get subbed off at minute 26.

Bookmaker PaddyPower confirmed that two such bets had been made, one for £25 and the other for £10 at 100-1 odds, the eventual payout coming to £3,500. It's highly unlikely that he will get a chance to play for big clubs in Europe at this point in his career but according to reports he does have offers to from a few mediocre teams in the Premier league.

After 381 appearances and 164 goals, Drogba was hoisted up into the air by his teammates-including Terry-and carried to the side of the pitch in the 29th minute of the final game of the season.

John Terry says he "couldn't care less" about criticism of his orchestrated Stamford Bridge goodbye.

Life after Chelsea is still uncertain for Terry, with the defender possibly staying in the Premier League as Bournemouth and Swansea have shown interest.

"It was done with good intentions and he deserves the guard of honour but it should have been before or after the game, or in the last minute".

'I wanted to play 26 minutes and come off because it, the shirt number'.

The 58-year-old ensured the Seagulls responded to last season's disappointment, when they lost in the play-offs to Sheffield Wednesday, by securing automatic promotion alongside his former club Newcastle.

"The boys have been great so if I can be part of that, whether that's on the bench, in the squad, the manager will make his decision ..."

Conte, who achieved the feat in only his first season with the Blues, will want to end the season with another trophy as they face Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday. But I think we should concentrate more on what a great player and great servant he has been.

  • Zachary Reyes