Terry claimed he wanted to continue playing when he announced Blues departure but now considering hanging up his boots
JOHN TERRY says he may retire from football after playing his last game for Chelsea on Sunday.
The most decorated player in the club’s history will sign off after 22 years against Sunderland in an emotional farewell.
West Brom, Bournemouth, Premier League newcomers Brighton and clubs around the world have shown an interest in signing the former England captain on a free a transfer.
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But Terry, 36, said: “I know that I said I wanted to play regular football while I can but I have still not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from football.
“It depends if the right offer comes along, I will sit and consider it with my family, whether that’s here or abroad or wherever.
“But genuinely I haven’t made any decisions yet. I am evaluating all my options at the moment.”
Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian lead the list of clubs overseas keen on the defender, and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says Terry is not ready to become a football OAP just yet.
He said: “Absolutely not. No, John wants to continue to play. I wish for him and his family the best.
“Chelsea will always be his home because John, first of all, is a great man and a great legend and player for Chelsea, and in future for the team he decides to play for.
“John took this decision to continue to play regularly and play every game, and for this reason he preferred to leave Chelsea and to play every game I don’t know where.
“For sure, for us, this is a big loss next season.
“I have to respect his decision because I think, when you arrive at this moment and your head and body tell you to continue to play, then it’s right to carry on and continue to play, to try and play regularly every game.”
Terry may not start the final game of the season against relegated Sunderland but will be given the task of lifting the club’s fifth Premier League title along with fellow defender Gary Cahill.
He has won 15 major trophies in total and is now focusing on earning his coaching badges.
Last night’s roller-coaster 3-2 win over Watford was Terry’s first Premier League start of the season and his first Premier League goal for 485 days.
Terry admits he will cry when his career at Chelsea comes to an end. He danced on the pitch last night wearing a toy crown to celebrate the title victory.
He said: “It’s tough when you’ve been at a club for so long and had so many great memories and relationships, friends and managers and everything else
“Tonight was tough but next week I’m going to be in bits, I know.”
He said: “I never wanted to be that player hanging about that people couldn’t wait to get rid of or stopping to progress of a younger player coming through.
“The transition for myself, being on the bench and seeing it from a different aspect, has served me well and will serve me well if I go into management in the future.
“I never wanted to hang about and stop the progress of a younger player – that was the basis of my decision.
“I’m concentrating on my badges at the moment. Even this year will serve me well in the future.”