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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2017

Chelsea captain John Terry will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2016-17 season, the 36-year-old defender and his current club announced Monday.

The Blues’ official website confirmed the news, which was not wholly unexpected given Terry’s limited role under manager Antonio Conte and the fact his current contract will expire in the summer.

As noted in the Blues’ statement, Terry has been at Chelsea for more than 20 years—he joined the youth ranks in 1995—and has made 713 appearances since his senior debut in 1998.

Under Conte in 2016-17, though, he has become a peripheral figure, making just four Premier League starts, with his last appearance in any competition coming back in February, per

Per Chelsea, Terry, who has captained the Stamford Bridge club a record 578 times, said: 

After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club. From coaches, team-mates and staff to the fans who have given me so much support down the years, I can’t thank you enough. There will be opportunities for me to speak further about this over the coming weeks.

I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season.

He added that he is eager to continue playing, and though he feels he could still contribute for the Blues, “[I] understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited for me.”

For their part, Chelsea confirmed “the club and John look ahead to the possibility of him returning to us in a non-playing capacity, when he will be able to share his unparalleled experience with players, staff and fans alike.”

Terry has defined Chelsea in the Roman Abramovich era. He is the club’s most decorated player, having won the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League, four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, the 2012-13 UEFA Europa League and three League Cups.

A former England captain, Terry was capped 78 times by his country before he retired from international football in 2012. 

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