Chelsea FC news: John Terry says ‘I want to finish my career here’ in emotional speech to Stamford Bridge faithful
John Terry has spoken of his desire to stay at Chelsea, but wasn’t clear on whether he will be at Stamford Bridge next season.
The 35-year-old has made 703 appearances since his debut in October 1998, but was suspended for the concluding 1-1 draw with Premier League champions Leicester City.
Terry, whose current contract expires on June 30, has been offered a one-year contract extension and is considering the offer.
He addressed supporters following the contest, with the fans serenading the man they describe as ‘Captain, Leader, Legend’ on his potential farewell.
“We all want the same thing,” said Terry, who was thrown aloft by his team-mates on a lap of appreciation following the match and his speech.
“For a very long time I’ve said I want to be here for the rest of my career. I want to finish my career here.
“We’ve had a few days of speaking to the club. I want to stay. The club knows that, the fans know that.”
Terry suggested in January he would be leaving in the summer, but Chelsea insisted an offer may be forthcoming and it arrived this week.
The centre back said it was for a ‘different role’, hinting at reduced terms – likely without the guarantee of a first-team place.