John Terry to leave Chelsea?
There is some confusion as to whether center back John Terry, Chelsea FC legend, will leave the club at the end of the season after 18 years.
After his side’s 5-1 win against MK Dons in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, Terry announced that his contract would not be extended past this season, saying “mentally I’ve kind of accepted it. We just have to move on and climb the league… My agent made the call, like we do every January. He got told over the phone, and I called to set up a meeting the following day. The club immediately set that up, which was great of them to do. I wanted to hear it face to face.”
However, a club spokesperson reported that while this meeting did occur at Terry’s request, “John was advised that while no new deal was currently on the table, that situation could change in the coming months. The club has the utmost respect for John and everything he has helped us achieve to date… He is a fantastic servant of Chelsea Football Club and a superb captain and, as such, the club will keep the channels of dialogue open.” Nice to see some respect for someone who spent their entire career at the club.
Terry also stated that “It’s not going to be a fairytale ending — I’m not going to retire at Chelsea. It’s going to be elsewhere, which it took me a couple of days to get over.” He also has “No doubt [Chelsea will] sign one or two great centre-backs.”
This news comes in the wake of 20 year old Matt Miazga’s signing for Chelsea. With Chelsea struggling in the Premier League and sitting in the bottom half of the table, the team is maybe deciding to look to and prepare for the future, interim manager Guus Hiddink giving youngsters more opportunities to play. While phasing out a veteran like Terry might be hard for fans and players as well as rupture the leadership and mentorship roles, the torrid season Chelsea has had may warrant some drastic change.
In true club legend fashion, Terry showed his loyalty to Chelsea when asked about whether he could go to another team in England’s top flight: “I couldn’t do that to the Chelsea fans. I couldn’t play for another Premier League club. It will be elsewhere for sure.”