Former Chelsea player and assistant manager Ray Wilkins as said that he’s “flabbergasted” by his old club’s apparent decision to let John Terry leave at the end of the season.
The veteran Blues captain announced over the weekend that he will leave his boyhood club at the end of the season, ending his 20-year association with the London side.
Terry has often been linked with free transfers away from Stamford Bridge over the past few years due to Chelsea’s policy of not offering players over the age of 30 contracts of longer than 12 months, but thus far he has always been deemed too valuable both on and off the pitch to be released.
However, this coming summer the 35-year-old will be on the lookout for a new club, and Wilkins told Sky Sports that he’s shocked by the reigning Premier League champions’ decision:
“I am slightly flabbergasted, to be perfectly honest. His performances are at a very similar level to what they were last season, where he played every game. This year he has been a major player.
“It’s not only on the field that John has the qualities every club desires. It’s off the field too. He leads the club, leads the players in that dressing room wonderfully well and always has done.
“I am sure until he leaves in the summer he still will do. I think he will be a great loss to Chelsea, I really do, I think there’s another year left in John.”
A move to join fellow ex-England internationals Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole in Major League Soccer looks to be a possibility, while Chinese Super League clubs are tempting big name European players to East Asia with lucrative contracts.