John Terry announced his retirement from Chelsea earlier this week in an emotional statement on the club’s official website.
The veteran defender has spent two trophy-clad decades with his boyhood club, making over 750 appearances and scoring 66 goals.
During his tenure with the club, the 36-year-old won four Premier Leagues, five FA Cups and three League Cups. He also has Champions League and Europa League medals, making him the club’s most decorated ever player.
In the statement made on ChelseaFC.com, Terry said: “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.
I feel I still have regular football in me but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited, it is therefore time for a new challenge.”
Since the announcement on Monday afternoon, rumours of the former England captain’s next destination have been rife, with a number of clubs declaring interest in securing his services ahead of next season.
While it was originally thought JT would make the switch to the Chinese Super League – following his former team-mate Oscar and a host of other big names from Europe’s top leagues – it could be that he instead chooses to stay in the Premier League.
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Just imagine it. ‘Chelsea legend re-unites with former boss’, reads the headlines of nearly every national newspaper. You just couldn’t write it.
It is no secret however how much of an admirer the now Manchester United and former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was of the defender. Terry led Chelsea to three Premier League titles whilst Mourinho was at the helm of the club, and was captain fantastic for both the Portuguese’s tenures with the Blues.
It is hard to picture a man who has been and still remains a Blue through and through in the infamous red strip of Manchester United, but it’s not impossible that Terry could make the switch to Old Trafford in the summer, however much it would displease the Chelsea fans.
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West Ham were somewhat of a feeder club to Chelsea some years ago, with a number of their brightest young stars opting to move to Stamford Bridge instead of staying at what was then known as Upton Park.
Frank Lampard is the most famous of those to make the switch from the Claret to the Blue side of London, however Joe Cole, Glen Johnson and Carlton Cole also moved from East to West. John Terry himself came through the West Ham academy before moving to Chelsea as a boy.
It seems apt that Terry now would return to his boyhood club and the roles between the two clubs be reversed, with Chelsea instead letting go of one of their stars to grace the field for the Hammer’s. Slaven Bilic’s side are indeed in need of a a top class centre back to bring some solidity to their back line, and Terry could be the perfect man to do it.
Controversial for different reasons other than moving to a Premier League/London rival, it would surprise a fair few if Terry were to pack up bags and move to Dubai in a money motivated move.
The 36-year-old, despite struggling for a place at Stamford Bridge, still has plenty of ability and can offer a lot to whomever he may join. He is no way on the decline such that he needs to take the money and run like a number of ageing – and not so ageing – stars have done in the likes of China, Indonesia and the USA.
It would be extremely disappointing to see one of the Premier League’s greatest ever defenders leave in such a manner when it is clear he still has plenty to give.