Terry May Retire
Chelsea captain John Terry hasn’t ruled out retiring at the end of the season, Terry was speaking after the Monday Night Football. Terry made his first Premier League start since September last night in Chelsea’s 4-3 over Watford, Terry scored Chelsea’s first goal and looked very emotional as he celebrated with his teammates and Chelsea fans. Chelsea will be presented with the Premier League trophy after their last game of the season on Sunday, and if Terry is involved, it will bring the curtain down on a glittering 22 years at Chelsea. Terry announced back in April he was going to retire and at the time stated his desire to carry on playing, as he still had plenty to offer. After his interview on Monday Night football, this may now not be the case as retirement could be a possibility.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Chelsea’s win over Watford Terry said
"I know I said I wanted to play regular football, but I have not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring
"It depends if the right offer comes along then I will sit and consider it with my family, whether it's here or abroad, but I haven't made any decisions yet, and I am just evaluating my options.
"I never wanted to be that player just hanging about that people can't wait to get rid of or stopping the progress of a younger player coming through.
"The transition for me being on the bench and seeing it from a different aspect this year has served me well and will do if I go into management in the future."
Terry went on to praise Chelsea boss Antonio Conte
"He has been brilliant with me," he said. "Leaving me out of the side was probably a tough decision, but he pulled me in his office straight away and was very honest.
"I have never really had the relationship I've had with the manager this year; the honesty, the respect and the communication has been fantastic. As a player that's all you want.
"The manager made it very clear to me that you can work as hard as you want but if the other players are playing well and the team are winning you're not going to get back in.
"I was sitting there hoping the boys did well and kept winning. I've had my time. He has been fantastic and has been a great example for me to hopefully add to my coaching."
Conte also paid tribute to the Chelsea captain
"He is a great man. He helped me a lot in my first season. He had a fantastic role on and off the pitch,
"Against Watford, he showed he can continue to play. I'm pleased for him; he scored a great goal.
"I'm looking forward to seeing him lift the cup on Sunday. He deserves this."
Chelsea may have found replacements for Terry on the Pitch, but off the pitch they may struggle. Terry influence in the dressing room and around the training ground has played a huge part in their successful season, so Conte has to fill some almost impossible shoes in the summer.
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