Chelsea Announces Captain John Terry will leave at end of Season

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Former England global Gary Neville questions the timing of John Terry's announcement that he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

Terry made the third-highest number of appearances for Chelsea.

Chelsea announced on Monday that skipper and club legend John Terry will end his 22-year association with the capital football club at the end of the season after his contract expires.

The 36-year-old, who has not made a Premier League appearance since November, has signalled his desire to continue his playing career elsewhere next season, though a source told ESPN FC no MLS teams are interested in signing him.

They added that he also displayed the utmost pride at wearing the Chelsea shirt, something he has done on 713 occasions since his debut in 1998, scoring 66 goals.

"Thank you so much for everything", Terry said.

Meanwhile, though plenty of Blues fans had been hoping that the icon they refer to as their "captain, leader, legend" might have stayed on at Chelsea either as a squad member or as part of the coaching staff, Terry himself stated that he is "eager to carry on playing".

He also won the Europa League during Rafael Benitez's brief stint as Chelsea manager and lifted the Champions League trophy in 2012 despite being suspended for the final against German giants Bayern Munich.

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In a joint-statement by Chelsea and Terry, it was confirmed that the former England global will bring down the curtain on his playing days at Stamford Bridge next month.

Barring a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest, Terry has spent the whole of his career at Stamford Bridge.

"The fact he's come out early with this announcement I see him playing for someone else next season".

"Finally, words can not describe the love I have for our football club and our awesome Chelsea fans".

The strict wage structure in the American league and Terry's age have seen clubs shy away from bringing him across the pond. "You mean the world to me and I will never forget the incredible journey we've been on".

It led the two pundits to suggest that Terry's experience will be crucial in seeing Chelsea hold on to their advantage and win a second title in three years, following the success under Jose Mourinho in 2014/15.

"The news of Terry leaving is incredibly odd timing, I don't get it at all", Neville said.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia paid tribute to Terry by saying: "He has been an outstanding player, inspirational captain and has always demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the cause. Thank you so much for everything".