Blues Call Time on John Terry’s Chelsea Career
It has come as quite a surprise to many that the Chelsea captain, John Terry, will not be offered a new Chelsea contract at the end of the season.
In 1998, at the age of 17, Terry made his Chelsea debut against Aston Villa in the League Cup third round. Since then, he has made over 500 appearances in what has been a very successful career.
The 35-year old is not only the captain of Chelsea; he was also the captain of England from August 2006 to February 2010, and then from March 2011 to February 2012.
When he resigned from the England captaincy, he said: “Representing and captaining my country is what I dreamed of as a boy and it has been a truly great honour. I have always given my all and it breaks my heart to make this decision. I want to wish Roy and the team every success for the future.”
Terry has to be one of Chelsea’s most successful captains. Since Jose Mourinho gave him the captaincy in 2004, he has worn the arm band during their most successful period. When he led them to the first of their four Premier League titles, it was Chelsea’s first title in 50 years.
Under his leadership, Chelsea have also had four FA Cup wins, three League Cup wins and one UEFA Champions League trophy. In 2007, Terry became the first captain to lift the FA Cup at the new Wembley Stadium, after they beat Manchester United 1-0. In 2005, he won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award, which is extra special as it is voted for by his own peers.
Whilst Terry’s football career has been very successful, his personal life antics have made unwanted headlines. In 2009, Terry had an affair which cost him the England captaincy and, possibly, the chances of England winning the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, due to how it affected the England team setup.
After the affair was reported in the press, Terry’s wife, Toni, allegedly told her friends that she had been humiliated for ten years and now this time she was going to divorce him. However, they reconciled and are still happily married, living with their nine-year old twin girls.
The former England captain is really disappointed that he will not get to end his career with the team he joined as a 14-year-old.
“Ideally, I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction,” he explained.
He is disappointed that they do not want to keep him as their captain because he wanted to finish his career with the team that he joined as a boy.
He admitted, “It’s not going to be a fairytale ending. I’m not going to retire at Chelsea, which it took me a couple of days to get over.”
John Terry has been a consistently outstanding defender for Chelsea throughout his whole career. Some people have been quick to criticise him because of his talent, but no one can actually deny what a great leader he has been for the Blues.
Chelsea and England fans will wish him luck as he takes on new career challenges.
Josh, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy