Chelsea captain John Terry has not been offered a new contract and look set to leave at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old defender, who joined the club at the age of 14, has won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League with the Blues.

“Ideally, I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction,” he said.

However, a club spokesman said later on Sunday that Terry could yet be offered a new deal.

Terry has played 696 times for Chelsea and hopes to continue his career, but not with another English club.

“I couldn’t play for another Premier League club,” said Terry. “It will be elsewhere for sure.

“I feel as though I’m in great nick, I’m playing great and I’ve got a couple of years to go.

“The club will move on. No player is ever bigger than the club. No doubt they’ll sign one or two great centre-backs.”

‘Channels of dialogue open’

Guus Hiddink, who replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, is in charge of the Blues until the end of the season.

“They said that when the new manager comes in, things might change,” Terry said after Chelsea’s FA Cup win at MK Dons. “It’s a ‘no’ at the minute.”

Terry added: “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.”

However, Chelsea later suggested that Terry could be offered the chance to stay at Stamford Bridge.

“John was advised that while no new deal was currently on the table, that situation could change in the coming months,” said a Blues spokesman.

“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. As such, the club will keep the channels of dialogue open.”

Terry played every minute of Chelsea’s Premier League-winning campaign last season.

This term, he found himself on the bench under Mourinho and was substituted at half-time during a defeat at Manchester City in August.

Mourinho was eventually sacked – and replaced by Hiddink – as Chelsea suffered their worst start to a Premier League season.

 

From: ww.bbc.com