Blues skipper hits back at critics over his controversial guard of honour farewell in final game of the Premier League season at Stamford Bridge
JOHN TERRY has spoken for the first time of the outcry over his 26th minute farewell to Chelsea and said: I couldn’t care less.
Terry has been widely criticised for asking to leave the field 26 minutes into his final Stamford Bridge appearance, matching the shirt number he has worn throughout his career.
And the inspirational captain stuck two fingers up to those who criticised the stunt, and said the only thing important was making sure he said goodbye to his club’s fans properly.
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Terry told SunSport: “I couldn’t care less, I promise you. I couldn’t care.
“All I care about is celebrating with my Chelsea fans.
“Me and them have an unbelievable rapport and have had for 22 years and no-one, whatever you write or someone says or someone’s opinion, can ever get in the way of that.
“So if that’s the way I wanted to go out, that’s the way I go out.
“You know what, because I’ve been 22 years here, won so many trophies, if I wanted to play one minute and come off I would have done.
“I wanted to play 26 minutes and come off because it, the shirt number.
“The supporters, as long as they are happy, I am over the moon with the reception I got.
“I promise you I couldn’t care a less.”
Terry added: “It was an unbelievable send-off from the supporters for me to celebrate my 22 years at the club, I am so thankful to them.
“I promise you I will never forget it.
“It was quite emotional, after the game I was drained. Physically I was in bits to be fair.
“But I was back in training yesterday and today, and we go again.”
Chelsea arranged with Sunderland that Terry could be substituted in the 26th minute of Sunday’s Premier League game at Stamford Bridge has caused controversy.
The Blues captain arranged with manager Antonio Conte to be replaced on the 26thminute but the information was leaked and fans claim to have made big money from betting on the switch.
The Premier League have already revelaed they will not be looking into the OTT substitution that got Gary Cahill on the pitch.
However fans and pundits criticised Terry’s choreographed exit.
Alan Shearer said on Match Of The Day: “Terry has been an absolute giant of the Premier League, 717 appearances, 15 trophies. But I’m not sure about this.
“It was done with good intentions and he deserves the guard of honour but it should have been before or after the game, or in the last minute.”