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John Terry wants to stay after Chelsea are denied by Leicester

Chelsea 1 - Leicester City 1

By Matt McGeehan

An emotional John Terry spoke of his desire to finish his career at Chelsea, but declined to reveal if he would accept the club's offer of a new 12-month contract.

The 35-year-old defender has made 703 appearances since his debut in October 1998, but was suspended for the season-concluding 1-1 draw with Premier League champions Leicester.

Terry, whose current contract expires on June 30, in January said he would be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season. The club insisted an offer may be forthcoming and it arrived this week.

The defender said it was for a "different role", hinting at reduced terms and without guarantees of a first-team place under incoming head coach Antonio Conte.

Terry addressed supporters following the contest, with the fans serenading the man they describe as 'Captain, Leader, Legend' on his potential farewell. "John Terry, we want you to stay," the supporters sang.

"We all want the same thing," said Terry, who was thrown aloft by his team-mates on a lap of appreciation following the match and his speech. I've said for a very long time I want to be here for the rest of my career. I want to finish my career here.

"We'll have a few days and we'll be speaking to the club. Listen, I want to stay. The club knows that, the fans know that."

While owner Roman Abramovich applauded his captain, the comments may suggest Terry wishes to negotiate the deal which has been offered. He is reportedly fielding offers from elsewhere, including cash-rich China.

As for the match, Leicester were able to end the season on a high, avoiding defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Cesc Fabregas' penalty put the hosts ahead in the 66th minute before Danny Drinkwater cancelled it out with a brilliant strike.

CHELSEA: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (Tomori, 59 mins), Baba, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Pedro (Loftus-Cheek, 52 mins), Traore (Abraham, 52 mins).

Unused subs: Begovic, Oscar, Pato, Kenedy.

LEICESTER: Schmeichel, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez (Albrighton, 80 mins), Drinkwater, Kante, King (Okazaki, 46 mins), Gray (Schlupp, 46 mins), Vardy.

Unused subs: Amartey, Ulloa, Chilwell, Schwarzer

Man of the Match: Danny Drinkwater

Match rating: 5/10

Referee: Craig Pawson



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