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Willian Comments on Terry's Future
Wednesday, Feb. 10
“I think he would like to stay longer with us, but unfortunately it seems he won’t be able to remain as a Chelsea player,” said Willian, per Matt Law of the Telegraph (via Greg Johnson of Squawka.com).
“The club won’t probably extend his contract," Willian added, per Law. "I can just wish him the best of luck for the rest of his career.”
Terry Comments on End of Chelsea Tenure
Sunday, Feb. 7
Simon Peach of the Press Association and the Times' Matt Hughes provided comments from Terry after Chelsea's clash with Manchester United:
Per Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph, the England international first confirmed the news of his departure after Chelsea's 5-1 FA Cup win over MK Dons on Jan. 31 and said he has no plans to move to another Premier League club:
Terry hinted at a return to Stamford Bridge but not before he continues his playing career with another team, per Wilson on Jan. 31:
As shared by MailOnline Sport, Terry did not sound happy about the Blues' decision:
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty wasn't surprised Terry ruled out playing for another British club:
Terry Linked with Potential Middle East Move
Monday, Feb. 1
John Cross of the Mirror reported former Chelsea player Gianfranco Zola "has sounded out Terry and held secret talks with his advisers about a money-spinning move to Qatar club Al Arabi."
Chelsea Comment on Terry's Future
Sunday, Jan. 31
Chelsea released a statement leaving the door open for the captain to return next season, via Hamish Mackay of the Mirror:
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. ...
While no new deal [is] currently on the table, that situation could change in the coming months.
Terry Established Himself as Chelsea Legend
The 35-year-old has been with the club since 1995 and is one of Chelsea's most decorated players, having won four Premier League titles and one UEFA Champions League crown with the Blues.
Terry moved from West Ham United's youth setup to Chelsea's in 1995 and made his senior debut for the club three years later. By the 2000-01 season, he had established himself as the future of the Blues at centre-back, and his emergence coincided with the club's ascent to the top of the Premier League hierarchy.
He was voted PFA Player of the Year for the 2004-05 campaign, in which he captained Chelsea to the title. Per BBC Sport, he became the first Blues player to ever win the award.
Terry suffered perhaps the lowest point of his career during the 2008 Champions League final, in which he missed a penalty that would have won his team the competition. Instead, the title went to Manchester United.
There was more heartbreak to come for Terry, who missed the final of the 2012 Champions League with a suspension. The veteran played a massive part in Chelsea's run to the final, but an incident with then-Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez during the semi-finals meant he didn't get to play against Bayern Munich.
He'll mostly be remembered for his long and successful Premier League career, however, highlighted by his four titles and five FA Cup trophies. As one of the most decorated defenders in Premier League history, Terry will also leave behind a huge legacy.
He will be expected to move to MLS to prolong his career, though Sporting Intelligence offered up a tantalising alternative:
Fellow Chelsea legend Frank Lampard already plies his trade in MLS with New York City FC, and while that team falls under the same ownership umbrella as Manchester City, a reunion in the Big Apple seems likely. Other options include the Los Angeles Galaxy, home of former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard.