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I’m considering retirement after leaving Chelsea – John Terry

Chelsea captain John Terry said he could retire at the end of the season, after leading the champions in their 4-3 win over Watford at Stamford Bridge.

The 36-year-old, who will leave the Blues in the summer, scored the opening goal on a night of celebration for the Premier League title winners.

Chelsea host Sunderland on Sunday in their final league game of the season.

“I’ve not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from football,” he told Sky Sports.

“If the right offer comes along I will sit down and consider it with my family – whether that’s here or abroad.

“Genuinely I haven’t made any decisions yet and I’m evaluating all my options at the moment.”

Former England captain Terry announced last month he will leave Stamford Bridge after more than two decades at the club.

The central defender is the Blues’ most decorated player, with this season’s title earning him a fifth Premier League winners’ medal.

He has also helped them win five FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League.

The Londoner has made 716 appearances for the club since his debut in 1998 – 579 of them as captain.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who has restricted Terry to a bit-part role on the pitch this season, paid tribute to the player’s influence.

“He is a great man. He helped me a lot in my first season. He had a fantastic role on and off the pitch,” said the Italian.

“Against Watford he showed he can continue to play. I’m pleased for him, he scored a great goal.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him lift the cup on Sunday. He deserves this.”

 

 

Credit: BBC

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