Despite recent speculation surrounding his future, it appears that former Chelsea and England captain John Terry may have just accidentally confirmed his impending retirement via Instagram.
The defender, who won five Premier League titles as well as the Champions League in his time at Stamford Bridge – has been enjoying some time off following his decision not to renew his contract at Championship side Aston Villa, despite pleas from both players and fans alike for him to stay at Villa Park. The 37-year-old took to social media to share a snap with his wife Toni, and then took time to respond to some comments from admiring supporters.
One fan in particular wrote:
“Not because I’m Chelsea through and through but yes you are by far the best central defender the Premier League has ever seen. Enjoy your retirement.”
While it is not entirely clear whether or not Terry chose to ignore the last part of the message, he responded with a thank you, which has so far been the clearest indication yet that the Chelsea legend looks set to hang up his boots.
Terry made his debut for Chelsea in 1998, going on to make 717 appearances for the Blues – scoring a remarkable 67 goals from defence, as he captained the club to 17 major honours before leaving on a high at the end of the 2016-17 title-winning campaign. The 37-year-old also had the honour of captaining England on multiple occasions, making 79 caps for the Three Lions and scoring six goals.
Recent speculation had suggested that the defender could be set to link up with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic, whilst also being linked to moves to the US and China among others.
Should his retirement be confirmed in the coming days, one would imagine that tributes to the defender will be widespread – given the high regard he is held in as one of the greatest centre-halfs of the modern era.
Along with Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, Terry is considered the face of Chelsea’s golden generation – with his name still regularly sung by supporters despite his absence on the pitch.
A move into punditry or management seems the most likely step, but as of now this is the clearest indication yet that we have seen the last of John Terry on a football field.
For those of who remember what it was like to witness Terry in his prime, we will likely never forget.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena