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John Terry to leave Chelsea at end of season, club says

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 01:03

Chelsea defender John Terry, the most successful captain in the club's history, will leave the club at the end of the season. with the club thanking him for more than ''two decades of dedicated and exceptional service''.

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - AUGUST 10, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. JOHN TERRY TRAINING AT STAMFORD BRIDGE 2. CHELSEA MANAGER ANTONIO CONTE AT SESSION 3. CHELSEA FANS WATCH FROM THE GRANDSTAND 4. JOHN TERRY TRAINING LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - MAY 25, 2015) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 5. CHELSEA FANS CELEBRATING THEIR TEAM'S PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE SUCCESS AS PLAYERS ARRIVE ON BUSES 6. OUTGOING STRIKER DIDIER DROGBA AND JOHN TERRY SEEN ON BUS 7. JOHN TERRY AND CESAR AZPILICUETA CELEBRATING ON FRONT OF BUS LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - MAY 24, 2015) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 8. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF TERRY HOLDING PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY AFTER WINNING IT IN 2015 LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - MAY 20, 2012) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 9. OPEN-TOPPED DOUBLE-DECKER BUS DRIVES ALONG STREET WITH CHELSEA PLAYERS WAVING AFTER BEATING BAYERN MUNICH IN CHAMPION'S LEAGUE FINAL 10. CHELSEA FANS WAVE AND SHOUT 11. JOHN TERRY, WHO WAS SUSPENDED FOR THE FINAL, ON BUS TOP WITH MICROPHONE THANKING THE FANS AND CHELSEA OWNER ROMAN ABRAMOVICH, STANDING NEXT TO HIM. STORY: Long-serving Chelsea defender John Terry will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, the English Premier League club said on Monday (April 17). The 36-year-old former England international played more than 700 games for Chelsea and has been their most successful captain. "John has given us more than two decades of dedicated and exceptional service," Chelsea said in a statement. "In that time he has displayed the utmost pride at wearing the Chelsea shirt." Terry made the third-highest number of appearances for Chelsea, captained them a record 578 times and scored 66 goals. "After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club," Terry 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," he added. "I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season." Terry has made only four Premier League starts this season as Chelsea have moved to the top of the table, four points clear with six games remaining. "I will, of course, always be a Blue and am desperate to end my final season as a Chelsea player with more silverware," Terry said. "I've always been conscious that I depart at the right time, in the right way, and I feel that the end of this season is the right time for the club and I." Terry, who made his Chelsea debut in 1998, won the 2012 Champions League, four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and the Europa League. He played 78 times for England.

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John Terry to leave Chelsea at end of season, club says

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 01:03