Premier League: Chelsea captain John Terry announces he will leave club at the end of the season
Chelsea captain John Terry has stated that he will leave the club at the end of the season.
The 35 year old's current contract expires at the end of the season, and as it stands, the club will not be giving him a new deal.
A club's spokesperson has stated that a new deal isn't completely out of the question, but Terry has taken it upon himself to announce he will be departing the club at which he has played his entire career.
"Ideally, I would have loved to stay, but the club's moving in a different direction," he said.
Terry joins the likes of Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard in leaving the club after many years of service, with the club having a strict policy on only offering players in their 30's new contracts.
Having been at the club since he was a boy, it is not surprising that Terry has confirmed he will not be joining another English club.
"It will be elsewhere for sure," Terry said. "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."
Terry has played 477 league games for Chelsea, the fifth largest amount of appearances by a player for a single club in the Premier League, captaining the side for the majority of those games.
During the Roman Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge which began in 2004, Terry has led the side on the pitch to four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three League Cup domestically, whilst he has also won the Champions League and Europa League.
He is also the highest-scoring defender in Premier League history with 40 goals.