Terry ‘wants to stay’ at Chelsea

16 May

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John Terry has made 703 appearances for Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry “wants to stay” at the club after being offered a “different role” on a one-year deal.

Terry, 35, is out of contract at the end of this season and in January said he would not be extending his stay.

The centre-back broke down in tears as he addressed the home supporters at Stamford Bridge after his side’s 1-1 Premier League draw against Leicester.

“We all want the same thing,” said Terry in response to fans chanting “John Terry, we want you to stay”.

He added: “I want to stay, the club knows that, the fans know that.”

Terry is considering whether to accept the club’s offer of an extra 12 months, but are yet to comment on the exact nature of the role that has been offered.

On Friday, a Chelsea spokesman said: “With it coming so late in the season, this is a big decision for John and his family.”

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Chelsea fans held up numerous banners and posters in support of John Terry

Chelsea will be managed next season by Italy boss Antonio Conte, who takes over from Guus Hiddink after previous manager Jose Mourinho was sacked in December.

“This has been a difficult season, we are where we deserve to be in the league. The fans have stuck with us. Thank you,” added Terry.

“I can assure you we’ll be back fighting for this title next year. On a personal note, this has been tough for me, very emotional. Before I sign off I’d like to say thank you to Guus Hiddink. He is a great man.”

Terry was suspended for the game against the Foxes and has made 703 appearances since making his debut in October 1998.

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A huge John Terry banner was displayed by the Chelsea fans at full-time
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Terry was lifted into the air by his team-mates at the end of the match


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