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John Terry hopes to go down in Chelsea history

Published 17/03/2016

John Terry hopes to be remembered by Chelsea after making 700 appearances for the London club
John Terry hopes to be remembered by Chelsea after making 700 appearances for the London club

John Terry hopes his achievements will not be forgotten after becoming the third Chelsea player to appear in 700 games for the club.

The 35-year-old in January revealed Chelsea would not be extending his contract this summer, although the club insisted an offer could yet be forthcoming.

Terry returned from a six-game absence with a hamstring injury to play in Chelsea's FA Cup quarter-final loss at Everton, making his 700th appearance in a game which was overshadowed by the dismissal and subsequent Football Association disciplinary charge for Diego Costa.

The former England captain is behind Ron Harris (795) and Peter Bonetti (729) in Chelsea's appearance list and admits he discussed the record with Frank Lampard, who left in 2014 after scoring a club record 211 goals in 648 games.

"Me and Lamps (Lampard) spent ages talking about it, saying we'd love to catch this player or that player," Terry told chelseafc.com.

"We'd set ourselves targets: keep playing, stay fit, look after ourselves and get there. We have done, we have surpassed so many players on the way and we did it together which makes it even more special.

"I am hoping in years to come we aren't forgotten. That's what everyone wants. I really hope we're not and I don't think we will be.

"To be up there with Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti is incredible. I looked at them years and years ago and thought wow, unbelievable.

"They are two Chelsea legends who have played so many games at the top. Incredible.

"Now I'm up there and it's something I am really proud of. I'm hoping my record will never be beaten, in a good way."

Terry, who made his Chelsea debut in October 1998, will aim to add to his appearance tally against West Ham on Saturday and in the final nine Premier League games before a dismal season for the Blues comes to an end.

At present it will be his last and he will continue his playing career elsewhere, with Major League Soccer touted as a likely destination. He has won every major club honour with the Blues, including the Champions League in 2012, four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and the 2013 Europa League.

Terry added: "I think it's a rarity now, you don't get too many players coming through and staying at one club. I'm delighted with what I've achieved and I'm hoping to make that 701, 702 and still go as far as I can go."

Costa will miss the West Ham contest due to an automatic one-match ban which could be extended. The striker had until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the improper conduct charge, with the response likely to be made public on Friday.

No action was taken after the FA investigated a gesture made by Costa at half-time of the clash at Goodison Park.

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