No fairytale ending as Chelsea let John Terry go
He is Chelsea's captain, leader and legend, but for John Terry the Stamford Bridge fairytale is almost over.
The end, presaged in the early-season fallout with Jose Mourinho that saw Terry cast to the bench, was revealed yesterday after Chelsea's 5-1 win against MK Dons in the FA Cup but was confirmed to the player last week when it was decided his contract would not be renewed in the summer.
"It's my last run in the FA Cup so I want to make it a good one," said Terry after yesterday's game. "It's a big season for me and I want to push on, not just in this competition but in the Premier League as well. I knew before the Arsenal game that my contract was not to be renewed so mentally I've kind of accepted it. We just have to move on.
"The club said that when the new manager comes in during the summer, things might change. 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. It's not going to be a fairytale ending, I'm not going to retire at Chelsea, it's going to be elsewhere."
Despite his declining form, the development will come as a shock to Chelsea supporters for whom Terry more than any other player was the symbolic spearhead of the club's rise to power in the Roman Abramovich era.
Just as Liverpool allowed Steven Gerrard to play out his career at another club, Chelsea are set to cut the cord rather than absorb him into a coaching role.