John Terry will not get his fairytale ending by retiring with Chelsea FC, it has today been revealed by the player, with a summer move to Major League Soccer now highly likely.
Terry has arguably been Chelsea’s most iconic player of all time. He has certainly been the club’s best leader, captaining the side to 16 major honours, but his 18-year career with the Blues will come to an end in June.
The 35-year-old centre-back revealed his contract will not be extended after leading the team to a 5-1 FA Cup win at MK Dons on Sunday afternoon.Embed from Getty Images
“It’s not going to be a fairytale, I’m not going to retire at Chelsea,” Terry said.
“The club will move on. No player is ever bigger than the club. Ideally I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction.”
At 35, Terry is in a position where retirement would make sense, but the four-time Premier League winner thinks he still has a couple more years left in him and wants to play for another club before ending his playing career.
He has ruled out a move to another Premier League team and that paves the way for an MLS move this summer, especially when you consider he has previously spoken of a desire to play in the USA.
When asked if he could play for another English club back in December, Terry responded by claiming America would be an attractive option so long as it would suit his family.
“No chance. America, maybe. But physically I feel like I can still play. Do I want to play? Of course I do. But then decisions come into it with your family. What if you go somewhere and it doesn’t work out? Everything else comes into play, doesn’t it?”Embed from Getty Images
There would be no shortage of interested parties if Terry does secure a move to MLS, though he would likely demand to be a Designated Player and that would rule a few sides out of the running.
It will be interesting to see if he signs a pre-contract agreement in the coming weeks, just as former England teammates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard did over the past couple of years, but for now the Blues captain will remain fully focused on his final months in a Chelsea shirt.
“My performance isn’t going to change – the way I train, what I give for the club. I want to give everything and finish on a high, on 100 per cent good terms with the club.”
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