John Terry has retired from professional football at the age of 37 after being linked with a coaching role at Aston Villa.
The former Chelsea and England captain who won five Premier League titles and a Champions League at Stamford Bridge, shared the news on Instagram this evening.
He left Chelsea in 2017 to join Aston Villa and has ignored other offers since his contract expired with the Championship club at the end of last season. He rejected a move to Spartak Moscow in the summer despite the high expectations of him coming to the club by the Moscow faithful.
Terry, who won 78 caps for England, wrote:
“after 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time to retire from playing. As a 14-year-old, I made my best and biggest decision: to sign for Chelsea Football Club. Words will never be enough to show how much everyone at the club means to me, in particular, the fans.”
“To me, you are the best fans in the world. I hope I have done you all proud wearing the shirt and the armband.”
“I want to thank my amazing team-mates, 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.”
“I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the challenges in my head.”