Former Chelsea, Aston Villa and England captain John Terry has announced that he has retired from playing football, confirmed by Sky Sports.
John Terry earned 78 England caps and left Chelsea in 2017 after two decades with the club, earning himself a legendary status at Stamford Bridge.
The defender won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and a Champions League title in his time at Chelsea, becoming the club’s most decorated player.
The centre-back also won five league cups and a Europa League in more than 700 appearances for Chelsea.
John Terry spent the 2017-18 season at Championship side Aston Villa and his last game as a professional was the 1-0 Championship play-off final defeat to Fulham in May.
According to Sky Sports News, John Terry is being lined up as a possible assistant manager or potential first-team coach to Thierry Henry at Aston Villa, with the ex-Arsenal and Barcelona legend the prime candidate to succeed Steve Bruce.
In his Instagram post, John Terry made a statement thanking his family for their support : “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.”
“Right from the outset they have given me total support, on and off the pitch, and I have a tremendous bond with them.”
“We achieved so many great memories together and I couldn’t have succeeded without you. To me, you are the best fans in the world. I hope I have done you all proud wearing the shirt and the armband.”
“My club career and heart will always belong to Chelsea, but I am grateful for my loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 1999, which was invaluable for my development as a young player.”
“And I also want to say a huge thank you to Aston Villa for giving me the opportunity to play at such a big club and captain it throughout the 2017-18 season.”
“It was a privilege to represent such a renowned football club with great fans.”
“I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the challenges ahead.”
Here is how Aston Villa fans reacted as John Terry announces his retirement from football –
John Terry retires.
An outstanding leader on the pitch, much missed at #AVFC
— Villa Underground (@avfc_vilr) October 7, 2018
— Mitch (@mitchwood1) October 7, 2018
— Matt Fothers (@MattFothers) October 7, 2018
@microwavable240 captain, leader, villain
— Oliver Green (@olivergreencraz) October 7, 2018