In an interview with Sky Sports following Chelsea’s dominating 5-1 win over MK Dons, Terry revealed that there won’t be a “fairytale ending” to his stay at Chelsea and will leave the club when his contract expires. He added that he also has no plans to join another Premier League club and intends to continue his football career outside of England.
“I was in last week before the Arsenal game and it’s not going to be extended. It’s my last run in the FA Cup so I want to make it a good one,” Terry said.
“It’s a big season for me and I want to push on – not just in this competition but in the Premier League as well. I knew before the Arsenal game so mentally I’ve kind of accepted it. We just have to move on.
“They said that when the new manager comes in, things might change. It’s a no at the minute. I needed to know now like I have done every January and sometimes it takes a couple of months to get done.
“Unfortunately it was a no. 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. But my performance isn’t going to change – the way I train, what I give for the club. I want to give everything and finish on a high, on 100 per cent good terms with the club.”
Terry ruling out a Premier League move undoubtedly puts clubs in the other four major European leagues on notice, as well as the United States’ Major League Soccer – which has garnered a reputation over the past few years as being a pasture ground for over-the-hill European stars.
Several of Terry’s teammates from his days at Chelsea and the England national team have already carved niches for themselves in MLS. His former Blues teammates Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba now play for New York City FC and Montreal Impact respectively, while Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard is enjoying football in sunny Los Angeles with the LA Galaxy.
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