Chelsea defender John Terry is set to leave Chelsea at the end of the 2016/17 season, the club announced on Monday.
The 36-year-old is set to leave the club after 22 years, having made 713 appearances since his debut in 1998. He is the club’s third highest all-time appearance-maker and has captained Chelsea a record 578 times. But under Antonio Conte, the former England defender has made only five appearance for the Blues.
In a media release on chelseafc.com, Terry is quoted: ‘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.
Everybody at Stamford Bridge would like to express our enormous gratitude to John and wish him the very best of luck for the future. pic.twitter.com/Yo9NrXNBMs
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 17, 2017
Terry has won every title with the Stamford Bridge outfit. His biggest triumph was the Champions League victory in 2012, overcoming Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. He has also led the Blues to Europa League glory, four Premier League titles, five FA Cups and three League Cups. His 14 major honours make him the most decorated individual in the clubs history.
Chelsea are currently four points clear at the top of the league , and are favourites to win the crown with six games to go. It will be a nice farewell for the long serving veteran, leaving the club with a fifth Premier League medal.