Terry says it’s time for new challenges

John Terry has thanked Chelsea’s supporters in an open letter and has called the decision to depart “the toughest of my life”.

“It’s with overwhelming emotion that earlier this week the club and I announced this will be my last season as a Chelsea player,” club captain Terry said.

“This has been the toughest decision of my life for me and my family, but I always envisaged leaving on the right terms, in the right way and at the right time – and that is now.

“I feel I still have regular football in me but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited, it is therefore time for a new challenge.”

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