Chelsea fans have barely had time to digest the news that their long-standing club captain John Terry is leaving the club. Indeed, the 35-year-old veteran only announced it in the final hours of Sunday evening.
But no sooner was the announcement made that the Blues made an official statement of their own, in which they confirmed the news that Terry has not been offered a new contract, but appear to offer fans, and the defender, hope that the decision will be reversed.
The statement read: "He is a fantastic servant of Chelsea Football Club and a superb captain and, as such, the club will keep the channels of dialogue open. While no new deal currently on the table, that situation could change in the coming months."
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So, then, it appears Terry's future after the current campaign is far from clear-cut and it is perplexing why the former England captain decided to make this information public when even he knew it could change.
Terry has, of course, been in this situation before. He had to prove he was still capable of playing at the top level in each of the last two seasons under Jose Mourinho and succeeded emphatically on both occasions.
However, this campaign has been something of a disaster for Terry and his team-mates. The Chelsea youth product has fallen far from his brilliant best and appears less able to cope with the rigours of Premier League football.
It is that poor form that appears to have driven the decision to let him go, but Chelsea admit they are willing to change their mind if Terry can rediscover the magic touch. We assume that is the case, anyway.
Terry's words, however, suggests a reversal is less than likely and he admitted that he is already considering his next move.
He said: "It's not going to be a fairytale ending. I'm not going to retire at Chelsea, which it took me a couple of days to get over.
"I couldn't play for another Premier League club. It will be elsewhere for sure. I feel as though I'm in great nick, I'm playing great and I've got a couple of years to go.
"The club will move on. No player is ever bigger than the club. No doubt they'll sign one or two great centre-backs."
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