A few days ago, after a talk John Terry had with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, he decided to make this his last season at Stamford Bridge, and earlier today he went public, sending Chelsea fans (and not only) an open letter, talking about not only the past, but also the future.
It’s with overwhelming emotion that earlier this week the club and I announced this will be my last season as a Chelsea player. 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
Terry’s statement read. Next, Chelsea’s captain made clear his intention to keep playing, even without wearing the Blues jersey.
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 former England international wrote. Terry thanked his family, current and ex-teammates and managers, obviously the fans, but also one man in particular.
With the backing and support of Mr Abramovich, we as players have been given the opportunity to fulfill all our professional desires, as this club moved into a new era where it matched our ambitions and became one of the biggest and most successful clubs in the world. For this I’d like to thank Mr Abramovich personally, and the board who have worked tirelessly to ensure the club continues to develop both on and off the field
Terry’s statement read. Last, he didn’t hide his hope/ambition to return to the club one day, and serve it from a different position, writing;
Wearing the armband and being your captain has been without doubt one of the proudest achievements of my life. I only hope I’ve been able to repay you with my commitment and loyalty throughout my career, and I look forward to returning to this great club in some capacity in the future.