‘I’ll be back here one day’, John Terry claims upon Chelsea exit

first_img1 A tearful John Terry received a rousing reception and a guard of honour from team-mates on his final appearance for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as he was substituted on Sunday.The 36-year-old former England captain appeared for the Blues for the 717th time, starting in the Premier League for the sixth time this season. It was his 580th game as captain of the team.The defender started against relegated Sunderland as the champions won for a record 30th time this season, but came off midway though the first half in a pre-planned substitution.Terry, for the fifth time, and Gary Cahill lifted the Premier League trophy after the 5-1 win, before Terry addressed the supporters.“One of the most difficult days of my life,” said Terry, as he paused to watch a highlights reel of his career on the big screen and waited to speak amid choruses of his name and songs sung in his honour.Terry had led Chelsea through a guard of honour from Sunderland ahead of kick-off, walking out on to the Stamford Bridge playing surface with son Georgie and daughter Summer. The twins celebrated their 11th birthdays last week.His speech was filled with thanks: for the supporters, the managers and team-mates from his distinguished playing career and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, whom he said “cares about this football club, from the under-eights to the first-team”.He reserved particular praise for his wife Toni and two children, who were alongside him on the pitch. All four of them were in tears.Addressing the supporters, Terry said: “Thank you will never, ever be enough, but I’ll tell you what: I’ll be back here one day.“I’m going to be supporting the players and the club from the bottom of my heart.“You’ve given me everything from the age of 17 when I first started out.“You picked me up when I was down, sung my name when I’ve had bad days and disappointed you as well.” John Terry has finally departed Stamford Bridge last_img

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