Long-serving Chelsea captain John Terry revealed he will be exiting Stamford Bridge in the summer after the club failed to offer him a contract extension. The news has shocked the footballing world considering the former England international has been a regular at the back this season under ex-boss Jose Mourinho and successor Guus Hiddink, but it appears he will be plying his trade elsewhere next season.
Complete disregard for an incredible club career
Terry is certainly deserving of legend status given his years of service to the Londoners as well as his impressive trophy haul during his time with Chelsea, but his legacy amounts to very little in the eyes of the club hierarchy who have deemed him surplus to requirements. The decision comes as a real surprise with fellow veteran Branislav Ivanovic offered a new deal at the club despite his woeful form and there being better options in his position, so Terry can feel hard done by.
The 35-year-old gave a lengthy and honest summation of the news following Chelsea’s 5-1 win against MK Dons, and revealed he wouldn’t continue playing in England. The MLS could well await him in America, but there’s potentially a chance he could remain at Stamford Bridge when the club appoint a new manager in the summer. Nevertheless, Chelsea’s treatment of Terry is disgraceful given his status.
How can Chelsea let Terry go with the unwanted loaned out players still eating up the wages?
The players currently on the books that have been loaned out year after year have more job security than the cornerstone of Chelsea’s success over the last 12 years so it’s bewildering why Chelsea have allowed this new to come out. The club’s decision not to offer Terry a new deal has expectedly garnered a negative response from the majority of supporters and pundits, and it’s hard to understand the club’s mindset for the move.
Terry is the only player in the past 15 years who has successfully developed from the Chelsea ranks to become a first-team star and eventual legend, but he’s been treated as if he’s been a part of the club for minutes. While the first to admit his form has been inconsistent this season, Terry made it clear that he wanted to remain at Chelsea as he felt he still had plenty to offer, but could be denied the fairytale ending he dreamed off as a young boy.
Chelsea are likely to consider a U-turn in the coming months given the reaction from supporters and the players, but their treatment over such an influential figure only serves to highlight what a misguided club they have become at times.