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John Terry - What they said


John Terry has won four Barclays Premier League titles with Chelsea.

John Terry has won four Barclays Premier League titles with Chelsea.

John Terry has won four Barclays Premier League titles with Chelsea.

John Terry has announced he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season after the club decided not to offer him a new contract.

The former England captain has had a remarkable career at Stamford Bridge and made his 696th appearance for the Blues in their 5-1 FA Cup win at MK Dons on Sunday.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the quotes from Terry's managers, former team-mates and rivals during his career.

Fabio Capello on the decision to strip Terry of the England captaincy following the accusation he racially abused Anton Ferdinand in 2011. Terry was cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court of making a racist insult to Ferdinand but was later banned for four games and fined £220,000 by a Football Association independent regulatory commission.

"I fought for John to be able to come back and play but they (the Football Association) said 'no you can't decide about the player, you need to wait for the court decision' and I said 'Why?' But they had already decided before I asked."

Rio Ferdinand, in his autobiography, on his broken relationship with Terry following the racism allegation.

"I no longer talk to him, but even three years later I find it impossible to forgive or forget the pain he put my family through."

But Ferdinand said last year he still admired Terry as a player, despite their issues.

"Just because we no longer get on does not mean I've lost my admiration for him as a footballer. His performances for Chelsea this season have been nothing short of outstanding and I'm not afraid to say it. John took the decision to retire from playing for England and had his reasons, but Chelsea are reaping the benefits."

Ex-Chelsea and England team-mate Frank Lampard on the criticism Terry received during the Blues' poor start to this season.

"He's Mr Chelsea. You either take those things on the chin and stay part of the club - and that's how he'll take it - or you move on."

England manager Roy Hodgson ruled out an international return for Terry in 2014.

"John has retired and as far as I am concerned that is the situation. We have got along without him for the whole of the qualification and a few friendlies as well so we will have to get along without him in the future."

Didier Drogba, in his autobiography, on his first impressions of Terry after arriving at Chelsea in 2004.

"I noticed a tall, strong guy who looked so young, and who walked and carried himself in such a way that I assumed he was from the reserves. Towards the end of the session I asked another player who the young guy was. 'It's the captain!' he replied, laughing. 'John Terry.'"

Ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted this season he still had faith in Terry after their difficult start.

"Last season he played every minute but two seasons ago he didn't and three seasons ago even less. So what's the problem? He's a player of my total confidence. I trust him as always and he's one of my men."

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink, speaking earlier in January, was prepared to provide a glowing reference if asked his opinion on whether Terry should stay on next term.

"If I say what I'm saying now, spontaneously out of my heart, then you can imagine what I think. His commitment is huge for this team and for the club."

Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari once quipped Terry would never be dragged off the field.

"For John Terry, dying on the field would be glory. You would need to kill him and maybe even then he would still play."