By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
John Terry will leave Chelsea at the end of the season, he revealed after the club’s 5-1 FA Cup triumph over MK Dons on Sunday.
The 35-year-old defender said he was told by the club before the 1-0 win over Arsenal last week that his contract would not be extended beyond the summer.
It brings to an end a 21-year association with Chelsea for Terry, who joined the west Londoners from West Ham as a 14-year-old.
The decision by the Premier League champions to offload the former England captain comes just two weeks after interim manager Guus Hiddink said he would recommend to the board to extend Terry’s contract.
Speaking after the MK Dons win on Sunday, Terry explained that he learned his fate at a meeting with the Chelsea hierarchy last week.
“To be honest, I was in before the Arsenal game and it’s not going to be extended,” Terry explained. “My agent made the call like we do very January. He got told over the phone and I called to set up a meeting the following day. T
“The club immediately set that up which was great of them to do that. I wanted to hear it face to face. They told me. They said that when the new manager comes in, things might change. It’s a no at the minute.
“I needed to know now like I have done every January and sometimes it takes a couple of months to get done.
“Unfortunately it was a no. It’s not going to be a fairytale ending, I’m not going to retire at Chelsea. It’s going to be elsewhere which it took me a couple of days to get over.
“I knew before the Arsenal game so mentally I’ve kind of accepted it. We just have to move on. My performance isn’t going to change – the way I train, what I give for the club. I want to give everything and finish on a high, on 100 per cent good terms with the club.
“It’s my last run in the FA Cup so I want to make it a good one. It’s a big season for me and I want to push on – not just in this competition but in the Premier League as well.”
Terry also revealed he will not join another Premier League club but will continue his career elsewhere.
Asked about a move to an English rival, the defender said: “No. I couldn’t do that to the Chelsea fans. I couldn’t play for another Premier League club. It will be elsewhere for sure. I don’t know where and I leave that to the people in charge. It certainly won’t be in the Premier League.
“I feel as though I’m in great nick, I’m playing great and I’ve got a couple of years to go. It’ll just be elsewhere.”