John Terry has confirmed he will leave Chelsea in the summer when his contract runs out at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are not renewing the contract of their veteran captain, who is now 35.
The former England centre-back is expected to continue his career abroad, saying he does not want to play for another English club.
To be honest, I was in last week before the Arsenal game and it’s not going to be extended. 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. I knew before the Arsenal game so mentally I’ve kind of accepted it. We just have to move on. 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.
Terry believes there's still a chance he will return to Chelsea once his playing days come to an end.
We spoke about my legacy and coming back to the club when I finish. The most important thing now is to get us up the league. I didn’t feel as though I was playing great in the first four or five games of the season, like everyone in the team, and the performances showed that. But since then myself and everyone else has picked up back to where we are. All I can do is keep my head down and plug on because it’ll be my last year at the club.
The defender is keen on carrying on his playing career but has vowed to do it in England.
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.