One of Premier Leagues greatest defender John Terry is set to leave his career-honoured club Chelsea. Terry made this announcement on Sunday, just minutes after their resounding victory over MK Dons in the FA Cup. It is apparent that the football legend is the best defender at Guus Hiddink’s disposal. Hence, the more reason Chelsea needs to pull Terry back.
John Terry is yet to be offered a new contract by the club and it seems like the club’s old guard is good to leave at the end of the season. Meanwhile, Chelsea ex-defender Chris Sutton has described Terry’s possible exit as “disappointing”.
Buzzsouthafrica gathered that the defender is optimistic about leaving Stamford Bridge to join another club following predicaments that surrounded Chelsea lately. He said, “Ideally, I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction,” he said. Terry also hopes not to join another English Club,
“It will be elsewhere for sure, “I couldn’t play for another Premier League club.”
“It’s not going to be a fairytale ending. I’m not going to retire at Chelsea, which it took me a couple of days to get over.” He said.
Terry is Chelsea’s pivotal point and if he leaves, who would be able to fit into his large-sized footballing shoes, considering his technical ability and football knowledge?
Chelsea has reacted to Terry’s statement by saying that it is too early to say if he would leave or not.
“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 and a superb captain. As such, the club will keep the channels of dialogue open,” a spokesman said.
BBC gathered that another defender Kurt Zouma said, “I think he can play for another one or two years.
“For me, he can play many more times. He is still at a top level. He has been playing very well since I arrived at Chelsea.
“His performances have been consistent. Since I have been at the club, I haven’t seen him play badly. That’s the truth.”
Also, ex-defender Graeme le Saux wants Terry to go nowhere adding: “I think he still has a huge role to play. Saux however believes that the United States would likely wait for Terry with open arms if he leaves.
Terry joined Chelsea at the age of 14 and played 477 league games for the club. He has also won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League with the club, serving as the captain in most of their successive games.
35-year-old Terry is mostly loved because he is so good at not putting himself in a position where his lack of pace or agility could be marred. He has scored 40 goals as a defender. He won his first major honour in 2000. He also won UEFA Defender of the year in 2005, 2008 and 2009. In 2012, he won the Champion’s League as Chelsea captain.