Saturday 20 January 2018

Chelsea say John Terry's contract situation 'could change in the coming months'

John Terry
John Terry

Chelsea have not completely closed the door on club captain John Terry departing at the end of the season.

Yesterday Terry announced he will be leaving Blues this summer, saying: "It's not going to be a fairytale ending."

The uncompromising centre-half has made 696 appearances, scoring 66 goals for the club he joined as a 14-year-old, winning every major club honour with the Blues, including the Champions League in 2012, four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and the 2013 Europa League.

Terry had been hoping to secure a 12-month extension but was informed by the club of their decision prior to last week's win at Arsenal.

In a statement released by the club, it appears the Blues have not entirely ruled out the prospect of an agreement between both parties before the end of the current campaign.

“He is a fantastic servant of Chelsea Football Club and a superb captain and, as such, the club will keep the channels of dialogue open,” the statement read.

“While no new deal currently on the table, that situation could change in the coming months.”

The former England captain made Chelsea's decision public following a 5-1 FA Cup win at MK Dons on Sunday.

"It's not going to be a fairytale ending, I'm not going to retire at Chelsea," he said.

"My agent made the call like we do every January. He got told over the phone and I called to set up a meeting the following day.

"I wanted to hear it face to face. They told me. Unfortunately it's not going to be.

"I feel as though I'm in great nick, I'm playing great and I've got a couple of years to go. It'll just be elsewhere."

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