John Terry has announced his retirement from Chelsea after almost two decades with the club.
The former England captain released a statement on the official club website in which he stated he intended to leave the club at the end the season.
“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.” said Terry.
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.”
The veteran defender has made over 750 appearances for the Blues, 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.
Terry added: Terry said: “After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club. From coaches, team-mates and staff to the fans who have given me so much support down the years, I can’t thank you enough. There will be opportunities for me to speak further about this over the coming weeks.
“I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season.”
Terry has made just five starts for the Blues this season, however his revelation will be sad news to the ears of many Chelsea fans.