John Terry has shown a lack of dignity over his contract dispute, according to former Arsenal defender Martin Keown.
Terry has revealed that he will be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, despite the club insisting that they haven’t discussed any contractual matters with their captain.
Keown, who won three Premier League titles with the Gunners, believes that the 35-year-old shouldn’t have spoken out about his contract issues.
“This is a political game that he has made public,” he said whilst appearing on Match of the Day 2.
“I don’t think he needed to do that. If he kept quiet, it is about Chelsea… not necessarily about one individual.”
Terry signed for the Blues when he was just 14-years-old and has gone on to play 698 times for the club. The former England international has also won almost every trophy possible during his time, lifting four Premier Leagues, five FA Cups, three League Cups, a Europa League and a Champions League.
Sunday’s clash against Manchester United saw Terry playing at Stamford Bridge for the first time since the announcement and he was given a fantastic reception from the home fans.
All of the large banners around the ground were removed other than the one that read ‘JT: Captain, Leader, Legend,’ while chants of ‘we want you to stay’ and ‘sign him up’ were often heard.
However, Keown doesn’t believe that Terry deserves all the adulation he’s received because the club has done a lot for him during his 21 years.
“He needed to show a little bit more dignity, even if he may feel he’s been let down,” he said.
“At the end of the day, it’s been a good fit. He’s been magnificent for Chelsea, but they’ve also looked after him over the years.”
During Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United, Terry’s centre-back partner, Kurt Zouma, picked up a serious injury, potentially ruling him out for the rest of the season. Terry will, therefore, be very important as Chelsea, who remain the FA Cup and Champions League, look to salvage something from their disappointing campaign.
“Now, [Kurt] Zouma had a terrible injury today. He may be out for a long time and it may be that John eventually does get this contract. To make it so public I think is disappointing, and I don’t think he needed to do it,” Keown added.