For most Chelsea fans, John Terry's legendary status grants him the right to a new one-year deal. However, now is the right time for both to head in different directions, as the 35-year-old enters the final stages of his career.
Terry will not leave on a high, with the Blues currently routed to 13th in the league and seven points above the relegation zone, but Chelsea need to start a new era while the veteran defender goes and experiences something new.
The fans and the player himself would have loved to see him start and end his career at Stamford Bridge - bar a loan spell at Nottingham Forest. However, Chelsea need stability and the best way for them to do that is to start a fresh.
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Guus Hiddink revealed that, in fact, a new deal was dependant on the decision of the new permanent managerial appointment. However, rightly so, there is no sign of that appointment in the near future and Terry must decide the next step of his career.
Although Terry's decision where he leaves for will not be dictated solely by money, lucrative offers from China and the USA would allow the former England international to experience a very different culture of football to what he is used to.
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It will benefit the Blues also in the long run. Terry has been vital for Chelsea on numerous occasions this season, but having been dropped by former boss Jose Mourinho on several occasions this campaign, it suggested that the end was in sight.
Roman Abramovich needs to allow, whoever he appoints as manager, to select the players he wants. 'Out with the old and in with the new' is the perfect saying for the Russian, right now. No team will benefit in the long-term under a new manager with players who are getting towards the end of their careers.
Abramovich is looking to bring in someone with a philosophy, who can implement a brand of football for the club in the long-term. It is hard for a manager to do that when they know a player is soon set to retire.
It's not for poor performances that Terry will be allowed to leave, rather, there're numerous players that Chelsea may look to offload as the new manager looks to implement a new style, with the players he requires and believes can make the Blues dominant in England and Europe.
One surprise could be why Branislav Ivanovic has been offered a new one-year deal. His form was poor before Christmas, and, at 31-years-old, he has passed the peak of his career.
Regardless, there is no guarantee the new manager will want Terry in his side. Would he fall out of favour? Would he still be captain?
It's easy for a club and player to stay emotionally attached after years of success. But now is the right time for both to move on. Terry can leave the stresses and strains of the Premier League behind to encounter new cultures - perhaps with Frank Lampard at New York City FC.
Terry has been a loyal servant to the club in some of the greatest years of their history. Now Chelsea need to find someone equally as talented, dedicated and passionate for the club as he was.
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