Chelsea captain John Terry dropped a bombshell on Sunday by announcing he will leave at the end of the season after the club decided not to renew his contract.
“I was in (for talks) last week before the Arsenal game and it is not going to be extended,” Terry, 35, told reporters after his side’s 5-1 win at second-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the FA Cup fourth round.
“It’s not going to be a fairytale ending. I’m not going to retire at Chelsea. It’s going to be elsewhere, which it took me a couple of days to get over.”
Terry has made 696 appearances for Chelsea and is the club’s most successful captain, having won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the 2012 Champions League and the 2013 Europa League.
He was named in the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Team of the Season after leading Chelsea to last season’s league title, but his performances this campaign have not been to the same standard, mirroring the London club’s slide down the league standings.
He could now follow former England team-mates David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole by moving to the United States.