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John Terry's Chelsea departure caused due to managerial uncertainty at Chelsea

722   //    02 Feb 2016, 21:35 IST
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Chelsea captain John Terry might leave Chelsea after 18 seasons at the club

John Terry dropped a bombshell to Chelsea supporters by announcing publicly that he intended to leave Chelsea in the summer. Terry revealed his intentions immediately after Sunday’s 5-1 FA Cup win against MK Dons with the club captain revealing that he had been told just before the recent victory at Arsenal that his stay was not going to be extended.

“They said that, when the new manager comes in, things might change, but it’s a ‘no’ at the minute,” he said. “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’. So it’s not going to be a fairytale ending. I’m not going to retire at Chelsea.”

The centre-back was apparently frustrated by the fact that Chelsea’s hierarchy intended to consult the manager they were going to appoint permanently before deciding on whether or not to hand Terry a new contract. Terry who is a veteran of close to 700 appearances at the club has signed two one-year contract extensions since 2014.

However, on both the occasions the man in charge was Jose Mourinho who completely threw his support behind the club captain. With Chelsea not being sure on whether the new manager will want to keep the legendary centre-back or not, a new contract for Terry has not been forthcoming. The Chelsea legend might also point out to Ivanovic being handed a new contract and feel justifiably disappointed that Chelsea have not taken steps to renew his contract.

Chelsea insist John Terry contract renewal is still possible

The club have indicated with a statement late on Sunday night that it is not a certainty that their captain will leave Chelsea in the summer. A spokesman from the club had this to say about the situation:

“John requested a meeting with the club the week before last, in that meeting he asked about the possibility of an extension to his existing contract. John was advised that while no new deal was on the table, that situation could change in the coming months.” 

“The club has the utmost respect for John and everything he has helped us achieve to date. He is a fantastic servant of Chelsea and a superb captain and, as such, the club will keep the channels of dialogue open.”

Chelsea fans will be hoping against hope that John Terry will stay at Stamford Bridge for another season.

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