Shaun Wright-Phillips has claimed that Chelsea should have given John Terry a bigger farewell after recently confirming that the defender will leave at the end of the season.
The Premier League giants made the strange call of announcing the news in the midst of a crucial end to the season for the Blues.
Antonio Conte’s men maintain their place at the top of the table, but just four points separate themselves from Tottenham Hotspur, who are hot on their heels with six games left to play.
For most of the time, Terry has had to watch the season unfold from the sidelines due to injury and falling down the pecking order.
The centre-back has made just 11 appearances in all competitions this season, but he is very much part of the fabric having been at the club for 22 years.
He is one of Chelsea’s most successful players having won 14 major honours, but he has made it clear that he intends to continue playing football when he departs Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Wright-Phillips, who had a three-year spell at Chelsea before leaving for Manchester City in 2008, was surprised at the news and in particular that the Blues had not done more to say farewell.
The 35-year-old said in an interview with 888sport:
“I didn’t see it coming. Twenty-two years he has stayed there, pretty much his whole life, and I would have thought they’d be more for him, like a testimonial or something.
“I really think though that he will stay in England. He’s played a bit this year and that shows he’s still got a lot to give in the Premier League.”