John Terry‘s storied career at Chelsea will come to an end this season.
The Blues’ captain and center-back confirmed that he will not have his contract renewed at Stamford Bridge, and he plans on continuing his career outside of England.
[ MORE: FA Cup fifth round draw ]
At 35-years-old, Terry has won everything at Chelsea, including four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, and the Champions League in 2012.
Terry made his debut for Chelsea in 1998 and has made more than 700 appearances for the Blues, the third-most in club history. Over his career, Terry was named to the PFA Team of the Year four times, including last season when he led Chelsea to the Premier League title.
Speaking after the Blues’ FA Cup win over MK Dons, the Chelsea skipper said he will not have a “fairytale ending” at Stamford Bridge.
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.
Terry has no plans to retire and said he will continue to play outside of England, which means a move to Major League Soccer could be in the works for one of the most decorated defenders of all-time.