The announcement of John Terry’s departure from Chelsea at the end of the season has left Jamie Carragher “shocked”.
Terry revealed after Sunday’s 5-1 FA Cup fourth-round win against MK Dons that the Blues will not be renewing his contract and Carragher revealed his surprise at the decision to the Daily Mail.
The former Liverpool defender, who joins Terry as one of the best centre back’s in Premier League history, called the Chelsea captain the “best there’s been.”
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A Chelsea spokesman revealed that Terry could end up signing a new deal but the lack of loyalty will surely hurt the 35-year-old.
Carragher said: “I’m shocked. He's Chelsea's best centre back.
“Why have they allowed this to happen? This will be like Manchester United trying to find a replacement for Roy Keane.”
Even in his twilight years, Carragher is bang on when declaring Terry Chelsea’s best centre back and this is why the decision is baffling. Gary Cahill has declined, Kurt Zouma has potential but remains raw and new signing Matt Miazga is only 20-years-old.
Carragher added that he could see Terry following in Steven Gerrard’s footsteps and playing in America. China is also a rumoured destination for the defender.
However, Carragher admitted that he would be delighted if Terry performed the unimaginable and signed for Liverpool.
Terry announced that his next club would not be an English one, ruling out any possibility of him lining up against the club he joined at the age of 14.
Premier League quality
When asked if he could still play in the Premier League, Carragher said: “Yes! I’d have him at Liverpool tomorrow.”
Terry revealed his disappointment at the news, saying: “Ideally, I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction,” reported the BBC.
Despite struggling early in the season, the Chelsea legend has turned his form around and galvanised the club, who are currently on a nine-game unbeaten run following Sunday’s win.
Carragher lavished Terry with upmost praise, announcing him the “best there’s been.”