Former England and Chelsea captain John Terry has announced his retirement from football. The 37-year-old is expected to focus on a career in management.
Terry has been without a club since leaving Championship side Aston Villa, his last game being Villa’s 1-0 Championship play-off final defeat to Fulham in May and now it is believed the club want him in their new-look coaching staff alongside Thierry Henry.
As a young boy, Terry was a Manchester United fan but joined Chelsea at the age of 14, where he went on to win five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and three League Cups during his 700 appearance for the Stamford Bridge club. Having also won 78 caps, Terry became the club’s most decorated player.
The right back spent last season at Aston Villa on a one-year deal, playing 36 times but scoring only once. He turned down a move to Spartak Moscow last month stating the move was not right for his family.
Last week, Terry helped prepare Chelsea U19s for their UEFA Youth League match against Danish club Molde in which they went on to win 10-1.
Terry thanked his family for their support on his Instagram account: “After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time to retire from playing. I have many people to thank. My wife Toni and my two children, Georgie and Summer, for being my rocks throughout my career – I couldn’t have done it without you, I love you with all my heart.
“I thank my parents, Sue and Ted, for the sacrifices they made for me as a boy, giving me the best opportunity to fulfil my dream and become a professional footballer. My brother, Paul, for his help and advice throughout my career – and all my family and friends for their great support.”