The end is nigh for Chelsea captain John Terry.
After being told his contract at Stamford Bridge will not be extended earlier this year by the club’s officials, the 35-year-old’s 18-year career in west London is slowly drawing to a close.
Two games remain of the Premier League season - and perhaps Terry’s time in England’s top-flight - and it seems he has every intention of going out with a bang.
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There is yet time for Chelsea to realise the error of their ways and offer their captain fantastic a one-year extension, but signs suggest they are set on saying goodbye.
Terry has accepted this, and according to the Daily Mail, he’s planning to spend big on a final shindig with his teammates.
And when I say big, I mean big. The Englishman will reportedly fork out an eye-watering £22,000 to hire out Stamford Bridge and pay for a package which includes the use of dressing rooms, match officials, stadium screens and the public address system.
Oh, and he wants a big ol’ barbeque to match.
Terry is one of Chelsea's most decorated players, so it’s only fitting that he’s given a proper send-off.
The Blues host Premier League champions Leicester City on the final day of the season and whilst they’ll be forced to perform a guard of honour for their guests, focus will well and truly be on Terry.
The Englishman epitomises a club legend. For all the controversy he has found himself embroiled in over the past five years, Terry remains one of English football’s greatest ever defenders and leaders.
What he has achieved in Chelsea colours is largely unrivalled too: four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, one Champions League, one Europa League and two Community Shields.
Where individual accolades are concerned, the former England international has twice been Chelsea’s Player of the Year, once been voted PFA Players’ Player of the Year and featured in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year on four occasions.
All this and Chelsea appear all-too-willing to allow their skipper to leave - it baffles the brain.
Following a season where the Blues have struggled to show any kind of consistency and failed miserably to defend their Premier League title, they need experience and leadership more than ever.
And the sad part is that whilst Terry might not be a starter anymore, there’s little doubt he would be willing to stay even just to help rebuild the club’s tattered foundations. He’s a team player.
So whilst his farewell party might set him back £22,000, it’s ultimately Chelsea that are losing out.
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