Former Chelsea Skipper, John Terry Hangs up His Boots
Former Chelsea captain John Terry has formally announced his retirement from professional football after a trophy-laden 23-year career.
The former England skipper, has been without a club since leaving Aston Villa on a free transfer in May and was close to joining Spartak Moscow in September before having a change of heart, announced the decision on his official Instagram account.
“After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time for me to retire from playing,” Terry said.
“I want to thank my amazing teammates, coaches, managers and backroom staff, who I was honoured to work with and learn from. They all guided me on my way to playing 717 games for the club I love, and it was a privilege to serve them as captain.
“They also helped me achieve my boyhood dream of playing for and captaining England, of which I am immensely proud.
“I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the challenges ahead.”
Reports says Terry,37 is being lined up as a possible assistant manager or first–team coach to Thierry Henry at Aston Villa, with the ex-Arsenal and Barcelona star the prime candidate to succeed Steve Bruce.
Terry joined Chelsea’s academy from West Ham at the age of 14 and made his first-team debut as a substitute in a League Cup victory over Villa in October 1998.
After a brief spell on loan at Nottingham Forest he established himself as a regular starter at Stamford Bridge and was named club captain by Jose Mourinho after Marcel Desailly’s retirement in the summer of 2004.
He went on to lift 18 major trophies at Chelsea including five Premier League titles and the 2012 Champions League before joining Villa when he was released in the summer of 2017, leading the club to the Championship playoff final last season where they were defeated by Fulham at Wembley.