Chelsea announce John Terry's departure

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“John Terry and Chelsea Football Club today jointly announce our captain will leave the club at the end of the season,” read a statement released by the club.

“Everybody at Stamford Bridge would like to express our enormous gratitude to John and wish him the very best of luck for the future.”

The English defender has scored 66 goals in 713 games since his debut for the London club in 1998, captaining the side on 578 occasions.

During that time, Terry won the Champions League, four Premier League titles, the Europa League, five FA Cups and three League Cups, winning 14 major honours in total.

The former England international expressed gratitude to the club he has served for so many years.

“After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club,” he said. “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.”

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia heaped praise on the departing centre-back.

“Everyone at Chelsea would like to place on record our thanks to John for all he has done for this football club,” Granovskaia said. “He has been an outstanding player, inspirational captain and has always demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the cause.

“In that time, Chelsea has grown into one of the world’s top clubs and it is only right that John’s contribution is recognised. He will always be held in the highest regard by everybody at Stamford Bridge and we look forward to welcoming him back in the future.”